10 Small Pets That Are Great for Kids

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Having pets can be a great experience for children. Pets offer love and companionship and teach children responsibility. Small pets are great for kids because they don’t require a lot of maintenance. They don’t need to be walked or played with every day and they offer kids a chance to demonstrate how much responsibility they are willing to take on. Before going out and buying a dog or a cat, train your kids with one of these little critters. Any of these small pets would make a great companion.

Small Pets That Are Great for Kids

1. Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

These furry critters are sometimes confused with hamsters, but guinea pigs are a totally different affair. Guinea pigs are larger and less fragile than hamsters. They are also noticeably more affectionate and sociable. Life spans are longer with guinea pigs, living anywhere from 4 to 9 years. This gives kids a great opportunity to watch their pets grow and mature and even learn tricks. Bigger cages than that of hamsters are required and a full stock of toys to keep those critters active. As with all pets, kids should be made aware of what a healthy diet is. Guinea pigs should have a steady diet that includes a good dose of vitamin C for optimum health. Kids should also be taught how to clean up after their pet to ensure a healthy and happy life for both pet and owner.

10 Responses

  1. The article does seem to be restricted to the ‘cute & fluffy’ end of the market. However with regard to rabbits, it should be borne in mind that suitability depends on rearing. If you buy a rabbit in a pet shop and it has not been adequately socialised then you have a problem. I cannot over stress this point…. Rabbits can be incredibly aggressive. They can bite and inflict deep scratches.
    An item which is missing from the list is the humble hen. They are quite tame, calm and can be very affectionate, in addition to which you get the odd egg. Should be kept in pairs, minimum.

  2. Micah Avery

    I strongly disagree with Nix on chinchillas. Although chinchilla farms are cruel places, chinchillas are excellent pets. I own a chinchilla and it is very easy to care for, loving, and extremely intelligent which is very suitable for people of ALL ages.

  3. I disagree with mice,rats, chinchillas and ferrets. Those animals need special care and I dont think a child can take care.

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