Mice, Gerbils and Hamsters.
Mice, Gerbils and Hamsters can make great pets, both for children and adults. They’re also generally fairly easy to care for, are gentle, inquisitive and love human companionship.
The first question that people ask me is “What is the difference between a mouse, a gerbil and a hamster?”
Mice, Gerbils and Hamsters are all rodents, and are all in the same family, Muridae, but are different species. So you could say they’re close relatives, but they’re definitely not the same. Gerbils and mice are quite similar in size, but they look a little different. Hamsters, especially Syrian Hamsters, can be quite a lot larger. Each species also has some different care requirements.