Good small pets for kids include guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits
If you are curious about when to get a small pet for kids in your home, these thoughts should be a great place to begin.
In general, sugar gliders are not good pets for kids. Sugar gliders are exotic pets and have more complicated needs than your average small pet, such as a guinea pig. It would only be advisable for kids to get a sugar glider if they have a responsible parent who is willing to take on the major responsibilities of owning a glider.
Being completely honest, it might seem to get a child a small pet. THAT ISNT THE CASE! Some small animals actually require so much more than people are lead to believe. These "cheap, space saving, easy to care for" pets are not what they seem. Animals such as mice, gerbils, hamsters and rats MUST have a large area. Not just those "big" cages at the pet stores. Most of them just don't cut it. Rats, gerbils and rats must have a companion as far as I heard. As far as hamsters go, I know some species are ok with living with each other, some aren't. On the note of ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbit. Ferrets are not a good pet TO START with. I do agree ferret make great pets, they are very silly and energetic. However with that energy, they need time out side their large cage. Ferrets also must be in pairs or more. Rabbits are also great pets. I would not say for kids though. If you take care of a rabbit PROPERLY it should live from 8-10 years or maybe longer. That is a long term commitment. Since a rabbits responsibility is pretty high maintenance, a kid won't exactly always want to take care of a rabbit for that long. I personally think that they should be more geared towards adults or older kids. Finally guinea pigs. I personally know the most about guinea pigs and know some of the basics about other small pets. Guinea pigs MUST live in pairs or more, some guinea pigs have even died of depression from not having a friend. Guinea pigs also need TONS of room. If you think the petstores rabbit cage is big, you need to rethink. A pair of female guinea pigs needs AT LEAST 7.5 square feet of room. BUT it would be better to have at least 10.5 square feet. Male guinea pigs however, need AT LEAST 10.5 square feet, but it is better to have more room. Guinea pigs are about a 6-8 year commitment, which is fairly long as well. So no one should just go into getting a small pet without caution. ALWAYS research the pet you want online BEFORE you get it. Not to mention PLEASE adopt from shelters!
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This list of the best pets for children includes pet reptiles that require basic feeding, as well as small mammal pets that might allow kids to play with them and even cuddle. Vote up those animals you think make the best pets for families with children to move them to the top of the list. If you believe a kid can handle a dog, great! Vote it up - and also check out this list of the best dog breeds for kids. If you don't think children should have even the best exotic pets, vote them down. This list includes the best pets for young children and small children as well as good pets for older children. What do you think are the best low maintenance pets for kids? Use this best pets for kids list to decide if your child is ready to care of an animal!This is the cutest video you will watch today! Subscribe for weekly videos!
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