Handling your small pet is really important, and grooming the small pet is a great way to do this, which will also to ensure the small pet doesn't become feral.
Small pets should be handled as much as possible, morning and night to ensure that they are healthy and there are no lumps or bumps that may become a concern.
Keeping your pet clean is important; there are specific small pet shampoos to help you with this.
Brushing your small pet
Brushing your small pet will help you bond with the pet and the more you handle it the closer you will become. Make sure that your small pet brush is small and suitable for small pets so that you don’t scare then.
Trimming small pet nails
This is also very important, as it can stop the small pet scratching you or others when the pet is picked up. Short nails are really important for small pets to ensure that they don’t snag their nails on things inside their enclosure and potentially rip a nail.
If you are unsure of how to trim your nails using a small pet nail clipper, it's best to get some advice as if you cut too much off you may end up cutting the quick which can cause bleeding. It is better to be safe than sorry on this one!
Washing your small pet
Some small pets don’t need a normal bath as they are reasonably clean, but if you are finding they are starting to smell make sure that the cage or hutch is always clean and doesn't smell. Then you can spot clean the pet or use a small pet shampoo. There are waterless options available to avoid the grief of giving them a traditional water bath.