How old do you have to be to Own a Small Pet?

I was just wondering how old legally do you have to be to own a Small Pet such as hamsters, gerbils, mice etc.?
Also is the age limit different for owning a rabbit or guinea pig?
Thanks for your help! XX :D

(Please no rude comments… I’m not saying I’m actually thinking of buying a pet myself, i was just curious!) X

If you want to know the age requirement for *buying* a small animal, this depends on where you live. It’s usually 18 years, or whatever is considered as "adult" in your area. You can be younger if your parents or another adult is with you.

As for having a small animal as a pet, you can be any age as long as your parents or guardians allow you to have one.

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10 Responses to How old do you have to be to Own a Small Pet?

  1. Liani says:

    well to have a hamster idk but i got one when i was five and they are great pets i have one now
    id say almost any age is good all you need to do is give your hamster fresh food and water every day and clean cage out 1 time every week hope i helped
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    hamster owner of 13 years

  2. Will says:

    They’re is no legal/illegal age, it would be better for a kid over 10 though because some younger kids can be mean to it.
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  3. Kdr92 says:

    well to buy one at petsmarts you have to be 18 years old..
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  4. Catkin says:

    If you want to know the age requirement for *buying* a small animal, this depends on where you live. It’s usually 18 years, or whatever is considered as "adult" in your area. You can be younger if your parents or another adult is with you.

    As for having a small animal as a pet, you can be any age as long as your parents or guardians allow you to have one.
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    Have lived with animals pretty much all my life, but the 1st time I was allowed to be completely responsible for a pet (hamster) I was about 8 years old.

  5. riddick7 says:

    No age limit for owning any small rodents… most pet stores aren’t going to sell a rat to a three year old though.
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  6. Addict for Dramatics. says:

    Some places won’t ask for your age, but I know places like Petco usually make sure you’re 18 or older, oddly enough. I’ve had rodents, rabbits, etc since elementary school so there really isn’t one. Usually whoever/where ever you’re purchasing them from will ask you if you have everything you need, if you know how to care for them, etc.
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    has rodents. :]

  7. Brinley says:

    you dont have to be a certain age you can get when whenever
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  8. Dogfoot says:

    There really is not a legal age just that some pet store will not let anyone under 18 buy a pet.
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  9. super awesome april says:

    Age doesn’t matter. Maturity does. I’m almost 20 and I can tell you some of my 20 year old friends aren’t even mature enough to have a hamster. However I got my first dog (truly to myself) at age 5 and took great care of her to the best of my knowledge.

    theoretically, unless you have to license the animal, there is no age limit.
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  10. Meaghan says:

    There is no age limit! that would be unfair!
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    my brain

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