What Should Your Child’s First Pet Be?

A starter pet is the best way to introduce your child to care for animals. It’s less care-intensive than let’s say a dog or a fish. You don’t always have to be on the ball and watching every move your pet makes. More or less, a starter pet will just go about its own business and not require as much hands-on care. Which is perfect for a young child because even though they mean well, your son or daughter might forget to feed and clean a fish. And a dog or a cat might be too laborious for such a young age. But what kinds of starter pets are good for small children? Pets that don’t eat a lot, don’t always need a lot of time with their owner and don’t pose a physical threat to the child either.

A friend who hops

Rabbits are soft, furry, cuddly and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. This is a great starter pet choice because rabbits are not as aggressive as hares and their personalities are quite docile most of the time. Placing some wooden Rabbit Hutches in your back garden doesn’t take up much space either. But, stuff in some hay and a water bowl and the rabbit will be perfectly fine getting sleep and rest when your child isn’t playing with him or her. On the other hand, you can get caged rabbit hutches for placing the rabbit indoors. This is recommended if you live in a cold damp location. Place some newspapers down to protect your floors and that’s pretty much all you need to do to provide a den for the furry hopper.

A small teddy bear

Like a small teddy bear, hamsters are cute and full of personality. However, they’re a solitary creature and like to be by themselves most of the time. This is great for a child that is getting their very first pet. Just the basics need to be done, such as cleaning the cage, providing food and water, and generally keeping the hamster warm and healthy. Hamsters are very small so your child can place it in their hands and stroke it. Hamsters are also very calm and they don’t often lash out and bite unless treated poorly. Hamsters are nocturnal, so they’ll mostly sleep during the day which again is great as your child will be at school during daylight hours. Hamsters’ teeth won’t stop growing so providing chewing toys is essential to their health.

Sticking around

If your child is into creepy crawlies, then how about buying them a stick insect? On the surface, they might not look that interesting, but they’re very complex creatures. Yet they don’t need a lot of care and attention. A stick insect in a small plastic box can be kept safe on a shelf in your child’s room. 

A starter pet is a brilliant way for your child to learn about responsibility. These kinds of pets don’t require a lot of continual care, so your child can live his or her life and not have to worry about the small details. 

*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post

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