Did You know? Pocket pet fun facts

Did you know?

Healthy guinea pigs secrete a white fluid from near the eye which they then groom over their faces with their forepaws several times a day.

Guinea pigs, degus, and chinchillas are born precocious, they are fully furred, eyes open, and able to run!

Male guinea pigs are called boars, females are called sows, and another name for guinea pig is cavy

Guinea pigs are actually from the Andes, not Guinea

Cuy ("coo-ee") is what guinea pigs are called in Peru, where they were actually domesticated for meat

Guinea pigs have 3 toes on their back feet, and four toes on their front feet

A baby rabbit is called a kit, a female is called a doe, and a male is called a buck

Rabbits when happy will jump up, spin around, kick up their heels and wag their heads. This is called a binky

Rodents and rabbits cannot vomit

Chinchilla toenails are so small and thin its as if they don't have any at all

Most ferrets that have a white blaze or stripe on their head are at least partially deaf, due to the genes link to waardenburg syndrome

Ferrets have been domesticated for 2,000 years, originally used to hunt rabbits down in burrows

Intact male ferrets are called Hobbs, neutered males are called Gibbs. Intact females are called Jills, and spayed females are called Sprites

The Latin name for ferret, Mustela putorius furo means ‘smelly little thief

It was thought that the Syrian hamster had been extinct in its natural environment, in Syria since the 1980s until a population was found in Kilis on the Turkish Syrian border in the year 2000