10 Best Pets for Kids

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Dog

Beagles are friendly dogs that are gentle with children. As pet parents, we are often concerned about the safety of our children and want to ensure that they are safe when they’re in contact with our pets. The last thing you would want is for your kid to get bitten. Beagles are well known for being gentle and docile with children, and they love nothing more than being showered with affection.

Does your child spend a lot of time at home? A Beagle would be the perfect breed for him or her. Beagles are active indoors, and they are not ideal to be let outdoors unattended.

One characteristic of Beagles that might be ideal for your household is their tendency to bark or howl. This rustling sound will alert you to the arrival of guests or children coming home from school. It will also serve as a good reminder to keep your child safe inside and not outside with the dog.

The beagle is a fine companion for a child who is passionate about dogs. With proper training, this breed will grow to become a loyal and joyful addition to your family.

Cat

Ask a room of childless adults the question, "What pet should I get?" and far more would say cat than dog. Ask the same question of parents, and the majority will say the opposite. Children may be more attached to cats than to dogs, but early positive exposure to a pooch sets the stage for a healthy bond.

A dog will be most useful in terms of teaching values and responsibility to kids. Not only will the dogs need to be walked and fed, they also need to be trained and cared for.

Choosing a dog is a big responsibility, but it can also be a big part of a child's life. A dog will be around for a long time and will become an important member of the family. This fact makes the choice of dog a very important one to make.

Turtle

Turtles have been among the most popular pets since the Stone Age. They are suitable for children of all ages. It is advisable to keep the turtle indoors in a large aquarium as they can grow to be quite large. Before purchasing a turtle, it is important to research its care requirements. Turtles are largely herbivores, but occasionally eat frozen or live fish.

Fish

There is more to keeping a fish tank than adding water, some fish and an air pump. As a precaution, consider hospitalizing your fish for a few days (at the most!) to get it to adjustment to its new tank. If you're going to do this, do it at the same time you're setting up the tank.

To begin, you'll want to make sure you have the right tank for your mini ocean. Your tank should be large enough to be healthy for your fish, but small enough that it doesn't take up your entire room. The average fish tank holds 10 gallons of water. Beginners may want to purchase undergravel filters to keep the water clean. These set-ups act like a sump for your tank and keeps debris out of the water. They provide good bacteria for biological filtration, a sponge for chemical filtration and a separate compartment for anything else.

If you're aquarium isn't set up then you'll need to take note of the following:

The Temperature

Fish are cold-blooded, they can't regulate their own body temperature. In order to maintain a healthy environment, your aquarium temperature should be between 72-82 degrees.

Hamster

Everyone has their favorite furry friend but not all are appropriate pets for kids. Hamsters are ranked at the top of the list of most kid-friendly pets out there. That's because they're low maintenance, don't cost much money, and can be easily transported. Some moms prefer to have their kids start with a pet that won't outgrow them. Hamsters don't get any bigger than a handful so if your little one is still fairly young, you will be able to take care of the hamster for your kid as they grow older.

Hamsters are very clean by nature and you won't face the same problems that you would with a cat or dog. They're also quite easily trained and are a loveable pet for children birthday parties or classroom projects.

There are several other small animals that you can consider for your young ones including rats and mice. These have the advantage of a longer lifespan so they offer more time for a lasting bond to develop. Both are also extremely intelligent and trainable making good playmates for your kids. Which small pet makes a good starter pet depends on your needs and preferences.

Birds

Birds offer a unique blend of fun and responsibility. They’re super responsive to positive training techniques and in most cases can learn to speak. With the right care, your child will soon be cuddling their new feathered friend.

Birds can be a rewarding pet, but it is also important to consider the fact that they are living creatures that do not enjoy living in cages. Whenever you introduce a bird to a home with young children, it is important to maintain a normal level of supervision and respond appropriately to problems that could arise.

In addition to potential accidents caused by children, birds are also vulnerable to children who do not know how to properly handle the bird. Birds require daily interaction with their human caregivers and if this is not available if could put your bird’s life at serious risk.

Birds need lots of attention from you and your children. Like most other pets, they should not live in a cage all day long. Your bird may become depressed if it is not able to get out often to interact with you or other pets. When your bird is free, try sitting in the room with it and watching it instead of putting it in a playpen. If you do not want your bird to be able to fly around the house freely, then make sure to put it in a playpen where it can’t get into any trouble while you are watching it.

Guinea Pig

A guinea pig is a good pet for children. It is relatively inexpensive as pets go, but it doesn’t cost very much to keep them.

Guinea pigs are social animals and do well with other guinea pigs and/or animals. They are used to loud noises (kids) and they are harmless.

Guinea pigs are clean pets. They groom themselves- you only have to clean the cage every week or so.

You can train them to use a litter box, and they are good at it! They will also let you know when they are hungry or thirsty.

You need to keep your guinea pig’s nails trimmed so that it doesn’t get scratched up by the gravel. That is the only real maintenance, besides regular grooming.

As a pet for children, it is a great way to get children involved in caring for another living thing. We didn’t do much but wash the cage and give him water about once a week.

Ferret

Pets can teach kids about responsibility, and a ferret is awesome to care for, because they are small and require attention daily.

Ferrets, which are actually social and active animals, need a lot of handling. If you have the time to handle them, but not enough to walk them, then go for a hamster instead.

If you do not have sufficient time to play with your ferret, then you can always take him to a park or your neighbour’s so that he can socialize with others. If you do not have space for this, then you should be fine as long as you are not allergic.

Ferrets are highly curious and active; they love to be kept busy. They are sociable animals and do not like to be alone.

Ferrets can be easily trained how to use the litter box but they must be trained as young as possible. Ferrets have a tendency to scratch around or dig to find food so they must be taught not to scratch on furniture as this may mar or scratch furniture.

Ferrets are highly intelligent and curious animals.

The lifespan of a ferret is from the age of 2 to 7 years, it all depends on how well you take care of it.

If you have concerns about hygiene, do not worry, afer neutering or spaying the smell will slowly decrease.

Mice

Mice make for great pets for children because they are very similar to humans in terms of diet, lifestyle, and health. They eat a mouse diet, which is inexpensive. Mice live fairly short lives, so you don’t need to worry about investing in twenty years of pet supplies.

A diet that includes lots of healthy vegetables and grains is easy to implement. It’s easy for children to take responsibility for feeding a mouse when its nutritional needs are so similar to their own.

Mice are also relatively clean creatures, and it’s possible to create a habitat in which the mice can essentially clean their own enclosure.

However, mice are very sensitive to changes in their environment, and if you want to get a pet mouse for a young child, you should spend extra time taking care to ensure its well being.

Above all, because mice are relatively inexpensive to keep, you should be prepared to lose a mouse or two. Accidents happen, and young children may not take the best care of their pets.

Gerbil

One of the best pets for kids is the gerbil. Gerbils are intelligent, social, and entertaining, and they can be trained to do tricks. Gerbils have a long lifespan and gentle disposition, making them ideal companions for children. Gerbils are a low maintenance small pet, as they don’t require grooming. In fact, gerbils clean their own fur. Their natural habitat is rocky desert areas, so they love vertical space and they often burrow.

If the family dog is a source of allergies, gerbils are a great alternative.