There are all kinds of lists out there outlining good first pets for kids. Most of them detail the basics, like the average dog lifespan, such as we have done here. But, the key to learning about pets for kids is to know your kids’ taste and plan accordingly.
Below, you will find some of the best small pets for kids, along with a few ideas about why they’ll all be a delight in your home, maybe even after the kids are gone. Keep reading to learn more.
What Are Some Good First Pets for Kids?
Whether you’re a parent or a grandparent, you want to delight the young people in your life with gifts that will not only bring them joy but also enrich their skills, character, and confidence. Here are a few great pets that just about any child will love.
Fish can really be the most fun. They’re also relaxing and relatively maintenance-free if you start small. These fish tank kits, for example, will be just enough to get you started with a few small fish to brighten any room or kid’s face.
2. Mice/Hamsters/Gerbils/Guinea Pigs
Some of the greatest beginner pets are rodents. They’re cute with great personalities and they’re small enough that you can keep them almost anywhere in your home. Plus, you can teach your kids the importance of responsibility and maintenance with cage cleanup.
Make sure to keep an eye on your child during playtime so these pets don’t get lost.
Geckos, salamanders, and lizards are just plain neat. Lizards will require a heating element such as UV light bulbs so you may consider placing the cage in a common area of your home rather than your child’s bedroom.
Of course, the best first pet you can give any child is a dog. Start with a puppy that your child can grow with so that they learn together. Every family should have a dog for companionship and even protection.
When it comes to easy first pets, you can’t go wrong with a cat. They pretty much eat, play, sleep, and use the litter box. But, they’re also often cuddly and will provide constant friendship fr your child for years.
The Best First Pets For Kids Aren’t Always Normal
Sometimes, good first pets aren’t what you would ordinarily think of. Consider that kids often like obscure things like dirt and insects. You might consider an ant farm or maybe a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. They’re virtually maintenance-free and your kids will get a real kick out of watching them just be bugs.
Of course, as the parent, you will be held responsible for the well-being of your child’s pet. But, with a little guidance, your child will learn the essence of responsibility and compassion by having a pet of their own from a young age.
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