Five basic commitments apply whatever type of pet you get, ranging from feeding, exercising, housing, socialising and financing. There are many sources of good advice on diet – but your vet is the most obvious place to start. Some pets require active exercising while others just need the right amount of space to exercise themselves in. Even quite small pets need a reasonable amount of room to live in. Finance means considering the costs of food, accommodation, accessories and health (including neutering, vaccinations and emergency visits to the vet). Nearly all animals need to be regularly handled, whether it’s for grooming, or during exercise/cleaning regimes. If you don’t provide other pets for socialisation, then it’s your job to give them meaningful company. Housing can be anything from a cage, hutch, kennel or free range access to your home or garden and it’s vital to understand how much space this means. These are just simple pointers for consideration.
More comprehensive advice can be provided by vets, rescue centres and specialist websites: RSPCA, Rabbit Welfare for specific advice on rabbits, Supreme Pets for advice covering 9 of the most popular breeds of small pets.