Are your kids begging you for a dog or a cat

Are your kids begging you for a dog or a cat? If you’re not ready yet for a large pet, you may want to consider starting off with a small one instead. If your child has never had a pet before, a small pet might be a nice introduction into the world of care and responsibility. Here are a couple examples of small animals that can make good pets for kids.

  • Fancy Rats – Rats really get a bad rap but they actually make wonderful pets. Unlike hamsters who are far more popular, rats will spend more of the day awake so you won’t be kept up at night. They are very playful, social, and smart. It’s best to get them in pairs (same sex) since they are such social animals. They are very easy to handle, very gentle, and you can even teach them to do simple tricks.

  • Guinea Pigs – Guinea Pigs make great pets. They’re pretty easy to tame, they enjoy being handled, and rarely bite. They are also social so you may want a pair (same sex). If only choosing one, it needs a cage that’s at least 18″ X 18″ but if you wanted to go bigger they would certainly enjoy that.

  • Fish – They may seem boring but they actually make a great starter pet for kids. Believe it or not fish are actually trainable, you can search for fish training kits online. Fish can be fairly inexpensive too, depending on the set up you want to have. Your set up will also determine the number and type of fish you can get. An easy fish to start with is a Betta, since you only need a small fishbowl for one fish.

You might want to do some research with your children before you decide what small pet you’re going to bring home. By showing them all of the responsibilities that are associated with the particular pet they might be interested in, they can be better prepared for what’s ahead. Depending on the age and ability of the child there may have to be some adult supervision and interaction in the care and maintenance of the pet.

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