Rodents

Rodent care guide

Prevention is better than cure!

Browse the rodent care guide designed by our vets to find answers to your concerns such as food, a healthy life and caring for your pet.

 

Gerbil Hamster Mouse Rat
Longevity (months) 24-39 18-36 12-36 26-40
Max reported 60 36 48 56
Average weight - Males (grams) 46-131 87-130 20-40 267-500
Average weight - Females (grams) 50-55 95-130 22-63 225-325
Rectal temperature (Celsius) 38.2 37.6 37.1 37.7
Food/day (grams) 5-7 10-15 3-5 15-20
Water (ml) 4 9-12 5-8 22-33
Ambient temperature (Celsius) 18-22 21-24 24-25 21-24
Ambient humidity (%) 45-55 40-60 45-55 45-55

 

Diet

The majority of rodents are omnivorous and eat, in the wild, grass, seeds and sometimes invertebrate insects.

Rodents’ needs in protein are, for hamster 14-17%, for rats and mice 14-19.6% and 22% for the gerbil. The water bottle must be checked every day and changed every 2-3 days.