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Own a Pet in Home

Having a pet in the family is one of the most rewarding, powerful and exciting things you can do. But it can also be very difficult. Having a pet is a big lifestyle change. Below we’ll cover the basics of some of the most popular pets for kids, debunk myths and hopefully give you a better idea of whether or not these animals are right for you.

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Pets for children

Dogs

Let us face it, the British love dogs. In addition, rightly so; dogs are the best! When your child regularly wakes you up in the middle of the night asking for a pet dog, it is a) a bit creepy and b) we are not surprised. Now, obviously, dogs are the most high maintenance pet on the list, but having a pet dog is great once you know what you are doing. Things to consider when minimizing your dog’s upkeep are breed and temperament, how much exercise and space it needs, and whether it’s the right time for the dog to join your family. It is a big commitment, but definitely worth it.

Cats

When it comes to the most popular pets in the country, another one stands out: the cat. These furry little creatures are the best. These furry little creatures make excellent family pets. They are also quite a big commitment, but require less work than dogs. Depending on where you live, you can either keep your cat indoors or set up a cat carrier and let them roam free. Make sure your cat is fully vaccinated, microchipped and knows where you live. If you have recently moved or your cat is young, you will probably need to keep an eye on her. If not, a litter tray in a safe, quiet place will suffice. Add food and lots of love, and that is it.

Rabbits

Rabbits are a popular family pet. They are a great way to introduce young people to the joys of owning and caring for a pet. 1.5 million Britons have rabbits and they are very intelligent and curious. Daily activities include feeding, cleaning, grooming, training and playing with the rabbit. Both pet rabbits and outdoor rabbits love to socialize. Therefore, if you only have one rabbit, you will have to spend a lot of time with it. For this reason, it is recommend to keep rabbits in pairs. In addition to these requirements, rabbits can left to their own devices, so they make excellent starter pets.

Guinea pigs

These cute animals are descended from wild South American guinea pigs and make ideal, low-maintenance pets for children. Again. Ideally, guinea pigs should at least be kept in pairs as they are very social animals. If your partner is of the opposite sex, it’s best to neuter the males; otherwise, you’ll have some to deal with. With a decent-sized house, plenty of food and bedding and regular playtime, guinea pigs make very valuable pets. The average life expectancy of a guinea pig is around 4-8 years, so make sure your offspring are prepared for this commitment.

Lizards

Lizards are very unique children’s animals that can introduce your child to an exciting new species at a young age. First you need to decide what kind of lizard you want. Good lizards to start with are leopard geckos as they do not require UV lighting. Other popular choices are bearded dragons, iguanas and chameleons, but all lizards have different needs and behaviors. The most important aspects of keeping lizards are providing the right amount of heat and light in their environment (which should be adjusted at different times) and feeding them live prey, such as insects.

Hamsters

Hamsters are the most common first pet for children. They can live to be about 2 years old and are another small mammal that is a good way to introduce foster animals into a child’s life. Since there are different breeds, it is best to go to a licensed provider to make sure you know exactly what you are buying. Some breeds are very social, others prefer to live alone. In addition to food and water, hamsters need plenty of bedding and nesting material. They also need to be handled with care as they are very fragile and nocturnal, so it’s important to keep this in mind.

Fish

Keeping fish as pets can range from simple to complex, making them a great starter pet for children: you can start small and grow your aquarium or pond into a living animal community that can develop into a lifelong passion for fish. We recommend that you start with a 20-gallon tank and begin your collection with freshwater fish. Surprisingly, goldfish are considered quite difficult to keep: They produce a lot of waste, need to be cleaned very regularly and grow to enormous sizes. We recommend something like a barbell, a zebra danio or possibly an angelfish. Once your children get started, they will love looking after their new fish friends.

Snakes

Snakes are another reptile at the top of our list. Fascinating creatures that you can often touch at a young age and they become quite tame. You probably know that some people are a little scared of snakes, but choose the right species and there is no doubt that they make gentle and fun pets for children. Snakes may require a longer-term commitment than other pets, as some breeds live up to 20 years. You must be prepared to keep live or frozen prey for your snake. It is also recommended that you find a snake from a reputable supplier to limit the possibility of disease or other problems.

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