SPCA Cincinnati


If you're having difficulties with your small pet, see the list of topics below for information and advice.

Please note: If you are experiencing a behavior issue with your small pet, please visit with your veterinarian about the problem right away. Sudden changes in behavior are often caused by underlying medical issues. In many cases a trip to the veterinarian can save you time and frustration, and help prevent potential harm to your pet(s) and loved ones.


Ferrets make great companions. They're friendly, smart, inquisitive and playful. They do require a lot of care, but it is well worth the effort.


Hamsters are frisky, playful and fun to watch. Since they're nocturnal, though, they sleep all day and play at night.


The SPCA often has rabbits for adoption. These furry friends make good house pets and can be litter trained.


Gerbils are naturally friendly and curious and can be happy and healthy almost anywhere.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are hardy and affectionate and make great companions. However, people often think of them as "low-maintenance" pets, when in reality, they require a lot of care and attention.


Mice are small, social animals. They're quiet, but very active and entertaining to watch. Because of their high activity level and quick movements, they're more suitable for adults to handle than for children.


Rats make great pets because they're intelligent, sociable and affectionate. They're also quiet, clean and fairly easy to care for.