Kids love the thought of having a pet of their own. The experience can also be a great educational opportunity. They will not only learn more about their pet, they will also learn about taking on personal responsibility with caring for their pet. Below is a listing of pets that are recommended for kids.
- Goldfish. This is a great starter pet. They are easy to care for and fun to watch. Goldfish can also live for many years, under good conditions. An aquarium makes a lovely addition to any home.
- Cats. Cat’s are very low maintenance pets. They are easily trained to use a litter box and are generally kept satisfied with daily food and water. They like to be held and petted, and when raised with children as kittens, they can tolerate eve more handling.
- Rabbits. Though, not as common a choice as many of the others, rabbits can make great pets for children, when raised with them. Rabbits are comfortable with being held and petted. They can also be trained to use a litter box, just like a cat.
- Guinea Pigs. These little cuddly pets enjoy being held and prefer to have the company of another guinea. Although they can be messy, they are great fun for children to play with and care for.
- Hamsters. Hamsters are not as comfortable with handling as guinea pigs. It is their activity within their cages that children find the most entertaining. They are nocturnal creatures, however, so you will find them more active in the evening, than during the day.
- Rats. These little animals are very sociable, with each other, and people as well. They are entertaining to watch and enjoy being handled. A great choice for kids.
- Mice. Much like the rats, mice are very sociable and enjoy being held. They are also easily tamed and trained. Another fun and easily cared for pet.
- Birds. Although birds are not a pet that would be held and touched, children can enjoy their chatter and flitting about their cages.
- Dogs. Some dogs are gentler with children than others. Poodles, retrievers and collies are three of the breeds that are known for being good choices for children.
- Ant Farm. Ants may not fit under the normal pet category, but they can definitely serve a similar purpose, in providing an opportunity for involvement with living creatures.
When considering a pet for your children, there are many things to take into account. The age of the children and their ability to interact and care for the animals should be the first consideration. Also the life span, costs of feeding and medical care should be taken into account.
Purchasing a pet should not be a spur of the moment decision. Taking a pet into your home and then removing it shortly after, can be much harder on a child than not having a pet at all.