February 19, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – The Best Pets for Kids
The Best Pets for Kids
What are some of the best pets for kids? Pets can be a chance for kids to learn valuable life lessons as they care for a living creature. Pets can teach children about responsibility and dependability with parents’ guidance. As an added bonus, some pets give affection in return for a child’s loving attention. The first step is choosing the best pet for your family.
How about a fish? A fish may be the perfect “starter” pet for a child. But not just any fish will do. Goldfish may seem like the most obvious choice, but they’re actually more difficult to raise than the Siamese fighting fish (Betta fish).
Betta fish are Southeast Asian natives and are adapted to thrive in isolation, in surprisingly small amounts of stagnant water. No aerators, filters, heaters, or chemicals are required.
Birds can be excellent pets. But owning a bird is more demanding than caring for a fish. Some birds are highly intelligent. Others are very social. All birds require almost daily attention.
A parakeet, canary or finch may be a good starter for kids who haven’t raised birds before.
Smaller mammals, including hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils, are relatively easy to raise. Most require only a small living space and simple care. Regular, gentle handling promotes friendliness, but bites are possible. Guinea pigs are can make excellent kid-friendly pets.
Kittens are childhood favorites. Who can resist the antics of a fluffy feline? Cats require regular veterinary checkups and immunizations, but less attention and care than dogs. A cat may be a better choice than a dog if your family has limited living space. Choose a kid-friendly breed.
A cuddly puppy is probably the most classic children’s pet. But choosing the ideal dog involves more than falling for big brown eyes. Some breeds may be unsuitable for children.
Any breed or mix will need a commitment of time and effort. Puppies must be housebroken and require daily exercise, regular veterinary checkups and immunizations, and plenty of love.
Owning a pet can be a positive experience for children. Pets provide companionship, entertainment, and educational opportunities. But pet ownership is also serious business. Pets are living creatures that require regular care and attention. Choosing the pet that will fit with your family is the first step.
Some References for more information:
- Before choosing a pet: What parents need to know. (2013, December 10). from: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Before-Choosing-a-Pet.aspx
- Dowshen, S. (2014, April 1). Selecting safe pets. from http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/pets.html
- Teaching your dog how to behave around children. (n.d.). from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-how-behave-around-children