Small furry rodents can be wonderful pets and are loving and entertaining little creatures but we shouldn't forget that like all pets they too have their own needs. In this book you'll find out all about rats, mice, degus, gerbils and hamsters.Did you know that all rodents have front teeth that never stop growing. The name rodent comes from the Latin for 'gnaw'. They love to chew! Some rodents like gerbils love social contact and need to kept in pairs or groups but Syrian hamsters hate other hamsters so need to kept alone. If you want to know what all these small furries love to eat, who their friends and enemies are and what makes them happy and healthy, you can find out by learning the facts in this book and taking on detective assignments to investigate their needs.By going through your pet detective tasks and learning as you go you will find out if you and your family are the right owners for these special pets, then you're ready to take care of real ones! Just as importantly, if you discover that you and small furry rodents aren't a perfect match you can get some pointers to other fabulous animals that might suit you better.
Emma Milne is a vet who has written several books about animals, their welfare and the ups and downs of life as a vet. She has been featured on BBC's Vets in Practice and appeared in shows such as GMTV, Inside Out and Question Time. This is her fifth book in The Pet Detectives series, following Are Dogs the Right Pet for You?