Find out why small mammal insurance is a worthwhile investment and then compare pet policies to find the right deal for you.
Some policies include additional extra benefits such as the cost of advertising if your pet escapes or is stolen
The thought of buying pet insurance might seem excessive when you first bring a tiny new animal home.
Unfortunately, vet fees for injured animals, no matter how small they are, can be anything but inexpensive.
And if your pint-sized pet escapes, the cost of advertising around your neighbourhood in a bid to get him back can really add up.
Small mammal insurance protects your pet - and your pocket! - if something unexpected happens.
The kinds of small mammals this sort of policy is ideal for include chinchillas, gerbils and guinea pigs.
Having insurance in place means you won't have to worry about the cost of treatment if your small animal becomes ill or gets injured, as it will pay up to a specified amount - such as £2,000 - towards vet fees.
Some policies include additional extra benefits such as the cost of advertising if your pet escapes or is stolen, and weather perils such as wind or storm damage to a hutch or cage.
Some insurers also offer death cover, and will pay out a lump sum on the death of the animal.
As dogs and cats are the most popular animals in the UK, some pet insurers only offer cover for these.
When you click the 'Get Quotes' button to enter Gocompare.com's pet insurance comparison service, you'll immediately see an option asking whether you're looking to cover a pet other than a cat or dog.
There are many advantages of buying a small pet, especially if you don't have much space at home or lack the time to walk a dog.