Whether you don’t have the space for a big pet, or you just want to start off your family with something small, there are plenty of pet options to consider. There are way more options than just choosing between a cat or dog.
Not only are small pets easier to care for, but they are more affordable and don’t require as much hands-on work and attention. If you want to take this next step in getting a pet for your family, here are the best small pets to consider for your child.
Guinea pigs are gentle and sweet; plus, their social natures make them the perfect small pets for children. They don’t mind being handled and won’t hate interacting with children. Because of their sweet attitude, they don’t get easily frustrated or annoyed.
Guinea pigs have a longer lifespan than many other pets their size. It is said that, in most scenarios, they live between five to seven years. This is perfect for a first-time pet to help ease your child into learning how to care for an animal.
And your kids will have fun learning how to exercise your guinea pig.
This small pet is extremely easy to care for. However, there are some things to know before considering buying a hamster for your child. Not only does the hamster need a roomy cage with tunnels and nesting areas, but this cage needs to be cleaned often.
If regular cleanings aren’t done, it can result in the hamster being even more nippy than usual. At times, hamsters can be difficult to handle because of their overall attitude. Because this is a possibility, please make sure you are watching over your child’s interactions with the pet.
Here is another sweet and sociable option for your family! Rabbits, much like guinea pigs, are good pets for younger kids because they are extremely gentle and friendly. In addition to this, rabbits live a long life (ranging from 8 to 12 years), they can be litter-trained, and they are extremely easy to care for on a day-to-day basis.
If you are looking for a low-maintenance option to show your child a sense of responsibility, this is the right option for you. While fish do need to be fed and their aquariums do need to be cared for and maintained, outside of that, there are little to no extra responsibilities.
The best part? Fish are perfect for kids or family members who suffer from allergies. This also is a pet that doesn’t require much attention.
All these small pets to consider for your child listed above are great ways to start out this family adventure. Pick the perfect pet and help your child welcome it to their new home!
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