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Playtime For Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters And Ferrets
Dogs are famous for being great playmates for people. Even cats are known for their penchant for interactive play with their owners. But can you play with small mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and ferrets? The answer is yes! Before you strike up a game with any of these animals, make sure that your pet is comfortable with being handled. If you have developed a bond with your pet through repeated gentle handling, your pet..more>>
Help For Black-Footed Ferrets 
A Colorado zoo receives an anonymous $1 million gift that will benefit its black-footed ferret breeding program. More>>
Calendar of Events  
See events for hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and others; tell us about your small animal event. More>>
Guinea Pig Grooming (Video)
See how a champion longhaired guinea pig has his flowing fur prepared for show. More>>
Hamster Cam Begins Streaming  
Check in on the lives of four dwarf hamsters 24/7 with the hamster cam! More>> is your one-stop destination for small animal pet information. In addition to news and exclusives, it pulls content from all the small animal products at I-5 Publishing, LLC, including  Rabbits USA magazine and the magabooks in the Popular Critters Series (Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Rats and Rabbits). Additionally, it's home to Ferrets magazine online. As part of the umbrella of pet websites at I-5 Publishing, LLC, SmallAnimalChannel provides the content that guinea pig, hamster, ferret, rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, rat, mouse, sugar glider and gerbil owners need to know about their pets health, safety and more.

Critter Species

Critter Species

Dive into the world of small animals in our species profile section. Today's small animal pets include more than 40 breeds of rabbit, 13 breeds of guinea pig, five species of hamster, plus ferrets, chinchillas, gerbils, hedgehogs, mice, rats and sugar gliders. Our profiles provide at-a-glance info about each small animal pet's life span, diet, size, temperament and more. For a more personal approach to small animal pet species and the black-footed ferret, check the Critter Blog Archive.

Critter Experts

Critter Experts

Got a question about your small animal pet? You've come to the right place! Our veterinary expert answers four questions each month about small animal pet health conditions for educational purposes. Browse the archive of past small animal health questions and answers, and you're sure to learn something new! More>>

For nonmedical questions, we have experts to answer your questions for rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chinchillas, hedgehogs, rats, sugar gliders and mice. Dealing with an aggressive rabbit, hand-taming a hamster and housing a rabbit with a guinea pig are just a few of the topics covered in the archive of questions and answers. More>>

Critter Insider


Hamster Health Care Center Exotic Mammal Veterinary Cases And Info
Leticia Materi, PhD, DVM, of the Calgary Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic shares her home with a rabbit, two hamsters, a cockatiel and a Hahn's macaw. She treats many more species at the clinic she co-owns, which is devoted exclusively to small exotic pets. Read about some of her cases, noteworthy exotic info and more.More >>
Club Critter Small Animal Champions
People do a lot to help ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other exotic small mammal pets, and sometimes these pet species also help people. This series of articles, debuting in 2014, spotlights helpful people and helpful pets. You're sure to enjoy a heartwarming, uplifting read. More>>
Hamster Health Center Hamster Health Center
Hamster enthusiasts take note! The Hamster Health Center is packed with hamster health information. Need a list and brief explanation of hamster ailments? This is the place. Wondering what could cause a hamster to sneeze, itch stop eating, lose hair and more? It explains that, too. Plus, get tips on finding a hamster-savvy veterinarian. More >>
Exotic Small Animal Vet Notes From An Exotic Small Animal Vet
Jerry Murray, DVM, of the Animal Clinic of Farmers Branch in Dallas, Texas, shares small animal pet health information and writes about life as an exotics vet in his biweekly column. Murray has been a veterinarian since 1991. More >>
Critter Corner Cartoon Critter Corner Cartoon
From housecleaning chinchillas to exercising hamsters to finicky rabbits and more, the Critter Corner cartoon by Jeremy Vickneswaran features small animal pets doing things to make you grin. Vickneswaran also creates the Ferret Side cartoon for Ferrets magazine. More>>

Pets and Other Animals

Other Pets and Animals

Small animal pets like ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits are terrific, but people have many other pets and animals in their life. If you share your life with other types of pets or just enjoy reading about them, be sure to check out the information all about pet birds, reptiles, fish, cats, dogs and horses at our pet infographics page. More>>

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