The best pet for your little one.

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , , , |

Every parent at some point will probably be faced with the question, “Can we get a pet?”.  I thought this week I would give some ideas for “first” pets for your little ones.

As a first pet for kids I recommend something that doesn’t need constant attention.  hamsters, Rats, Mice, Fish are all great options.  The kids get the responsibility of feeding and cleaning up after the pet, but if they don’t interface with them daily, the pets do just fine.  If you are thinking rodents, stay away from ferrets and chinchillas for first time pets, they require more attention and have special needs that even adults need to look into before getting one.

Reptiles are an option as well, but you will have to do your research on the heat they need and you may have to feed live insects or rodents to your reptile pet.  If you are not up for this or don’t want your kids watching snakes kill mice, this is probably not the best idea.

Cats are an option if you the parent are able to take a more active role in caring for the pet.  Cats can be left alone for a couple days and are fairly easy to maintain.  Take into consideration however that cats can be sensitive to how rough they are handled, so if you have a smaller child, they may be a little rough for a cat.  The cost of having a cat is not cheap with food, litter and vet bills, so consider that before bringing one home.

If you are a dog person, then getting one for your kid is a definite possibility.  Remember however that dogs need a lot of attention and can be high maintenance so only get one if you are willing to put the time into the training and behavior. Your child will not be able to take on the responsibility of a dog on their own, so be prepared for a lot of work on your part.   The wonderful thing about dogs is that they will attach to family members, so there is a good chance your new dog will attach to your child and even sleep in their room etc.  Like cats however, dogs can be expensive, only bring a dog into your home if you are ready for the financial responsibility.

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