Is your child asking for a pet? Are you a bit unsure about getting them one? Read below for some kid friendly pet ideas.
Pets are good for your child because they will teach him or her to be responsible and to respect animals. We have some suggestions that will help you fulfill your child’s dream of having a pet without necessarily compromising your tranquil home. Most of these pets require little to no maintenance or supervision at all. Here are some of the best kid friendly pets:
Hermit crabs are a type of crustacean that are very small in size. They try to fit themselves in small shells leaving only their eyes and front claws visible to the human eye. The cost of keeping them is minimal. They need fresh food each day and water for moisture. Get a small tank with some gravel to keep them in. As they grow, they will require a change of shell. But, they are perfect introductory pets as they require little supervision.
Birds can make good pets because they do not need a lot of interaction with their owner. They do not like quick movements and noise, though, so are therefore better handled by children who are either a bit relaxed or older. Maintain their food and water, and clean their cage often. Their cage should be spacious to keep some toys in and allow them to fly without any hindrances.
Hamster, Gerbil or Mouse
Rodents are classic pets for kids. They are generally very calm. They are kept in a cage with a wheel for them to spin for play. The cage needs to be clean, and they also need to be fed daily, like the rest of our animals. Five minutes of playtime with the kids is enough for a day, although I’m sure they would enjoy more! They are very cute, and children enjoy having them around a lot. You should be mindful of the type of a cage you buy for them, because they are tiny and can slip through holes! Be observant of these little rascals.
Fish are also traditional, no hassle pets. Goldfish are the most commonly adopted fish, but they are also very fragile. They require an averagely large tank and filter. A betta fish, is easier to care for because they don’t need a necessarily big tank, and no filter is required. Betta fish are also very pretty jewel-toned, with long fins. Add an aquatic snail to their habitat to make sure no algae breeds in the bowl. You can also add gravel or plants to spice it up! This kind of pet, however, will only survive alone. The males will fight to the death if kept in pairs. A betta has a lifetime of 3 years at best.
An older cat or dog
The advantage of keeping adult dogs or cats as opposed to their young ones, is that they are more accommodating to kids and they are already trained, so caring for them is easier. Kittens or puppies may seem cuter and cuddly, but they need a lot of time and training to develop into manageable and lovable pets. Kids don’t have the know-how to do that. They still, however, do need work to maintain the older pets, and you as the parent should show them how to do it e.g. feeding, walking and playing.
They are in the same class of animals as hamsters. They are very gentle and do not bite easily. They also do not mind human interaction if well handled. It would be good to keep a pair for companionship. Guinea pigs can live up to seven years’ maximum. They, however, eat a lot of vegetables and can make the cage messy, so be prepared to clean their enclosure often.
Rabbits are considered to be one of the most common pets for children and with good reason. They are flurry, soft and adorable. According to the American Rabbit Breeders Association, there are over forty breeds of rabbits that you can select from. Contrary to popular myths, rabbits are trainable. Rabbits are also social and thrive in the company of other rabbits; therefore, getting more than one rabbit is advisable. The trick is to make sure that they have been spayed or neutered to prevent unplanned breeding. Rabbits can live for up to ten years. They require having their nails trimmed occasionally and should be provided with something to chew on to prevent their teeth from becoming too sharp and hence dangerous. Feed them hay and ensure that they are well groomed and in good shape by brushing their fur and taking them to a vet regularly.
With all these pets and more to choose from, your kids are guaranteed of a happy and adventure-filled childhood.