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What are the most suitable pet companions for kids?

When we are thinking about kids and pets together, we are also taking into consideration the unpleasant situations that might occur, such as the fact that kids can get sick or they can be allergic to some animals. That’s why it is extremely important for parents to first check and see of their children/s is allergic and then choose the pet accordingly.

Here are the most suitable pet breeds which can be suitable for kids:

  1. DOG

Dogs are likely the most stereotypical pet for children – and there’s a reason for that. Most average-sized dogs are large enough to avoid being injured by your child, but many breeds are also calm and laid-back with children. Canines easily live to a decade, so you shouldn’t have to worry about having that uncomfortable conversation with your child. This species is also trainable and can usually go anywhere your child can, so they make good everyday companions.

2. CAT

Cats are also a pretty common pet for children. They’re large enough to avoid being injured by an accident-prone toddler and also make wonderful companions. They live long lifespans and are also playful. However, cats do not typically require as much maintenance as dogs. They do not need to be walked or bathed, and cats are usually more than okay with being left alone.

Still, cats aren’t perfect for everyone. Cats can’t keep up with an energetic child as easily as a dog can and are not typically “run around in the yard” pets. Still, if you want to walk your cat you will need a walking leash with collar and both your child and the cat will have fun.

3. FISH

Fish are often the ideal pet for small children. They require little upkeep and attention, and fish typically do not take up much room. They are quiet and can provide a listening ear for your children when you need them. If you’re looking for a pet that doesn’t require much work on your part, then this pet might be for you.

However, fish do take up quite a bit more work than you might expect. For example, goldfish cannot live in small bowls for very long, and their typical lifespan is ten years, though they can live up to 25.

4. GUINEA PIG

Guinea pigs are becoming more and more common as companion pets. They are less prone to biting than a hamster, take up less space than dogs and cats, and are rather responsive to their owners. Guinea pigs are also hardier than some of the other, smaller rodent species. They are also known to be less skittish than many small pets and are tamed very easily. It is generally recommended to adopt more than one guinea pig, which can amp up the amount of space they take up considerably.

5. HAMSTER

Hamsters are cute, lively, and need little maintenance. They are a great first pet for older children who have already proven that they are responsible enough to regularly care for a pet. They don’t require that much room, and you won’t have to worry about cleaning pet hair off your couch. They’re a great choice for families who want a pet but aren’t quite ready to commit to a cat or a dog. Still, hamsters aren’t good for all families. They are nocturnal and are notorious for biting when mishandled. They require specialized care, much like the fish and turtle, and they definitely need a cage.

6. BIRDS/ PARROTS

Birds are a good choice for older children who aren’t interested in having a cat or a dog. They require a bit of maintenance and care, but birds are mostly contained to their cage and do not require the training that a dog would need. Birds also are quite full of personality and can be entertaining for children who have grown out of roughhousing.

Not all species of birds are good for children. Smaller birds typically take up less room and are easier for children to handle. However, all bird species are different. It will make owning a bird far easier for you if you carefully research different species and choose one that best fits into your family.

7. TURTLES

Turtles can make the perfect pet if you want something low maintenance and quiet. They are peaceful and calm. Though they are small, many can also handle quite a bit of handling. Turtles have notoriously long lifespans. While this means that you don’t have to worry about your child losing their childhood pet any time soon, it also means that you should be prepared to take care of this pet for a long time. However, turtles do need a very specific enclosure, however, and they need to spend most of their time in this enclosure. 

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