Small animals like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and mice can make great pets, but you have to keep them safe!
First of all, make sure their habitat is secure, and they can’t escape! Take care to make sure cage lids, latches, doors and other openings can’t be pried open by your small pet. Also, make sure no one else in your house (i.e. curious children) can leave them open by mistake.
Then, make sure that large pets don’t have access to your small pet. Cats and dogs can definitely be a danger to a hamster, gerbil or other small animal.
Make sure the lining in a small pet’s cage or crate is appropriate. Dryer lint isn’t safe to use for pets because it’s flammable.
When you let your pet out of the cage, make sure they are being monitored and can’t scamper easily under any furniture or appliances.
Finally, do not sleep with your small pet, as you run the risk of suffocating them.