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This expertly written guide looks at small mammals - including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and jirds, chinchillas, rats and mice - as well as birds, herptiles, invertebrates, and fish. Each chapter features popular breeds from within each species, based on availability and suitability for a domestic home-life. There is a detailed advice on how to choose the best pet for your lifestyle and which species are the most suitable for younger children, as well as practical tips for what to look for when buying a pet; suitable housing and exercise; foods for a balanced diet; pet health and how to respond when your pet is sick.