Frequently Asked Questions

Pocket Pets, Rabbits, and Ferrets

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When do pocket pets reach sexual maturity?

Hamsters: about 6 weeks
Gerbils: about 10 weeks
Rats: about 7 weeks
Guinea Pigs: 3-5 months
Rabbits: about 5 months

What are the gestation periods for various pocket pets and exotics?
Is it common for rats to have tumors?
Why do you neuter male rabbits or spay female rabbits?
How old do rabbits need to be to spay or neuter them?
What the average life spans are various pocket pets?
How often do pocket pets need to come in to visit the vet?
Do rabbits, pocket pets, ferrets, and birds need vaccinated?
Can I give my ferret the flu?
Do ferrets need vaccinations?
How do we treat mites or other external parasites on pocket pets?
Can I breed my Guinea Pig?
What can I do if the mother guinea pig abandons her babies?
Can we declaw rabbits?
What should I feed my rabbit or g. pig?
Should I give my Guinea Pig Vitamin C?
What should I feed my rat?
What should I feed my ferret?
What should I feed my gerbil or hamster?
How do I get rid of fleas on my rabbit?
Are there any vaccinations that exotic pets should get?
Can any of the exotics get rabies?
What happens when a dog, cat, or ferret bites someone and it is reported to the police or animal shelter?
Should any of the exotics be spayed or neutered?
What vaccines are given to ferrets?
What vaccinations are given to raccoons and coatimundis?
Do rabbits, guinea pigs, and other pets need vaccinations?
Do rabbits get hairballs like cats?