The Best Pets For Kids

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Owning a pet can teach kids about responsibility and can also be a very rewarding experience for them. Not to mention all the amazing moments and joy that a pet can bring for years to come! But pets aren’t always easy to have, especially if you have young kids, so it’s important to make sure that you chose the best pets. If you’re considering getting a family pet, here are some of the best choices for kids.

 

 

Fish
If you want to ease your way into a pet for your kids, a fish is the best place to start. They’re inexpensive and don’t require much, but at the same time, your children will learn about responsibility since they still need to be fed each day and the bowl or tank has to be maintained. Although a goldfish might be a wise choice as a first pet, a Betta fish might be better since they thrive in isolation and can live in stagnant water, so you don’t need any filters or aerators as other fish usually need. At some point, you might “graduate” to a tank with multiple fish, and also more maintenance requirements.

Small Animals
Smaller mammals like guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils are great pets for children. They’re fairly easy to care for and they will be fine in a small living space. They require basic care and kids will love handling and petting them, which promotes friendliness. Just be careful with bites and scratches, which can be common with small rodents.

Cats
If you’re more into the four-legged pets, a cat can make a great family and kid-friendly pet. They’re independent and don’t need as much attention as other pets, but they will require regular checkups at the vet for immunizations and general health. If you don’t have a huge living space, a cat is usually better than a dog.

Dogs
You can never go wrong with a dog as a family pet! They’re fairly traditional pets, but if you want one for your child, it’s best to choose the right breed since some might be unsuitable for kids. Know that they will need a lot of attention, commitment and effort from the entire family, but you’ll get repaid with lots of loves and tail wags. Great family-friendly breeds include Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Cocker Spaniels.

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