Handling small pets
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What is the best way to interact with small pets?

Building a relationship of trust with your small pets is essential. We often like to pick them up and cuddle them, but it’s important to remember that small pets are prey animals. This means they’re hunted by others for food and the only time they’re lifted off the ground is when they’re in the grip of a predator. So it’s normal and natural for them to be scared of being picked up at first.

Respecting them will help you gain their trust so you can handle and pet them.

Learn more small animal handling tips.

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