“I want a pet – give it to me nowww!”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this line. And, sometimes it feels as if his volume is turned up intentionally just to annoy me.
I know it’s completely normal for kids to ask for pets, but I thought mine wasn’t ready yet so I tried alternatives. Do you still remember tamagotchi from the 90s? Those little key chains with electronic pets? Well, when these didn’t work, I went for stuffed dogs and cats.
Finally, I had no other choice than to give in.
So, if you suffer the same fate as me, here are some pets you could consider for your kiddo.
Option 3: Fish
Who wouldn’t want the vivacious and fearless Nemo as a pet?
Fish may be ideal first pets for children since they can fit almost anyplace in a room and don’t require much care and attention (unless you have a fish-like Dory who has memory loss).
Now, I know that many of you may think of goldfish first, but you may be surprised to learn that they are really tough to raise. They can generate a lot of garbage, which would necessitate routine cleaning. And, I’m sure you’re aware that, despite your child’s eagerness to catch a fish, you’ll wind up doing the most of the cleaning.
1. A basic Betta fish would be ideal. These Southeast Asian natives have topped the list of the easiest fish to care for novices. They are available in a broad spectrum of wonderfully bright hues and tones, and they do not require any aerators, filters, heaters, or chemicals. However, it is important to know that they may be quite aggressive toward other fish species.
2. Platies not only come in a wide range of colors, but they also get along nicely with other fish species. Furthermore, they can consume nearly anything, from algae in the fish tank to freeze-dried fish food and dry flakes.
3. Another low-maintenance fish is the black molly, a docile fish that can adapt to both fresh and saltwater environments.
A friend of mine is a science teacher and as per him, caring for a fish helps in improving chemistry knowledge. So, if your children appear to be interested in science, this is a fantastic chance to offer them. You might assign them the task of conducting a study on the type of water, food, and fish that can be kept in the aquatic tank.
Option 4: Rabbits
Who wouldn’t want a lovely and fluffy bunny as a pet after watching The Looney Tunes Show or Will Gluck’s Peter Rabbit? Plus, there must be a good reason why 1.5 million British people own a rabbit.
If you put aside their beautiful features (which are quite difficult to ignore), rabbits may be incredibly clever and intellectual creatures. And, because of their gentle and loving temperament, they make excellent and popular pets for much younger children. Rabbits may provide your children a lot of joy and calm just by looking at them.
What you must remember is that whether you have indoor or outdoor rabbits, you must spend quality time with them. They require that care. Feeding, cleaning, grooming, and exercising are some of their daily routines.
Also, please do yourself a favor and search for a rabbit-specific vet rather than one that specializes on cats and dogs.
So, what say, doc?
Option 5: Hamsters
Let me clear up a long-standing misconception: hamsters are rodents (like rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, and mice), but they are not rats.
Rats are considered dangerous pests that may cause major damage and spread dangerous illnesses. Hamsters, on the other hand, are omnivorous rodents that are frequently born blind and make excellent pets.