Pocket Pet is a term used to describe a domestically bred small mammal that is commonly kept as a pet. Pocket pets include hamsters, gerbils, fancy mice, fancy rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, and rabbits, among others. Pocket pets are relatively inexpensive, easy to acquire and they’re great fun. Because they have their own unique needs in terms of proper diet and housing and require daily care and attention, it’s important to research their requirements before acquiring a pocket pet. In addition, due to their small size, pocket pets can be injured easily. Just like larger mammals, they can also develop diseases or have parasites. Some health issues affecting pocket pets can be caused by environmental conditions, such as exposure to drafts or extreme temperatures, poor ventilation, improper diet, substrate or housing, as examples. These are some of the reasons why veterinary care for pocket pets is just as important as providing it for your cat or dog. If well cared for, your pocket pet will enjoy a healthy and happy life.