Household Hazards for Pocket Pets

Hamsters, gerbils, Guinea pigs, ferrets, and rabbits can all make wonderful pets. As the owner of a pocket pet, be aware of these household dangers.

Open Windows

Small pets are good at squeezing into tight spaces. When your pet is not confined, make sure all of your windows are securely closed and latched.


Many pets are very agile and good at negotiating stairs.  Others, not so much.  Be careful when playing around stairs, especially if you r pet is in an exercise ball.


Many plants are toxic to our fpets.  Azaleas, cactus plants, and buttercups are just a few of the plants that can be dangerous.  Make sure to keep any plants that might be dangerous out of reach of your pet.


Household chemicals can be very dangerous.   Make sure to keep any cleaning agents, automotive products, paints, and other chemicals securely locked up.  Consider baby-safe latches on cabinets that contain toxic chemicals.


Pesticides can make pets very sick. Be certain to use pesticides that are labeled as safe for your specific pet.  Even ‘natural’ pesticides can pose some risk.  Check with your veterinarian before applying any pesticide to your pet.


Pocket pets love to chew.  Secure any loose or hanging wires, such as computer and electric cords to avoid serious and fatal injuries.


Are there spaces behind your cabinets?  Is there a loose grate on your floor?  You’d be surprised how easy it is for these little animals to squeeze through these spaces.

Small Items

Sewing kits, craft kits, toys, and other small items can present choking hazards to your pet.  Be sure to keep anything that has small pieces secured in a place your pet can’t reach.


Many foods you may enjoy are dangerous for your pet.  Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and avocados are just a few of the things that could cause your pet to become very ill.


Tobacco is very dangerous for pocket pets. Even cigarette butts can be toxic.