Any suggestions for a pet, for my 4 year old daughter?

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Philippines
June 2, 2007 2:15pm CST
My daughter is 4 years old. She'd loved to have a pet. By my dad won't allowed her. He especially fears that she might get hurt, bitten, or even scratched. Because, even a small scratch, licked by animals with rabies, can be fatal. Thanks for my dad for watching TV a lot.~lol But I think that if we have the appropriate pet for her age. It wouldn't be that harmful. I would love to hear any suggestions from you. What pet should I consider for her age? And is there any recommended papers, vaccines, I should look for when buying a pet? Have a great weekend! (^^,)
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@pajmaz (134)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I think shes a good age for a puppy, if you don't mind potty training again. As long as they have all their shots its a perfectly safe animal to have.
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• Philippines
2 Jun 07
yes, i vote for a puppy, too. it is relatively easy to find a very friendly one. it is just a matter of selecting the right one to have.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Can I second the idea for a puppy! My brothers and I had a puppy (one year old dog) when we were a little older than your child, and he sort of grew up with us. Another pet that works well for small children is (surprisingly) a hamster. She would be too young to clean out her cage, but they're super cuddly and playful. They do nip a little bit. But, not much. I had a hamster when I was five years old. Just be sure to shut all the doors when you bring it out of it's cage, or it'll run off. Our hamster would run off under the kitchen cabinets and we'd have to entice her out with a carrot. It was too funny! Best of luck on your pet search.
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@RESGuy (859)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I vote for puppy too! Especially one of them dogs who stay small such as Pugs (they are cute in their own way lol). Pets are a good way of teaching children about responsibility and life.
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• Singapore
2 Jun 07
A pet is a big responsibility. Why don't you ask her to try e.g. neopets? It is a free online game that deals with virtual pets. If she can take care of virtual pets, then you can "upgrade" her to real pets. :P
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• Philippines
4 Jun 07
I won't even mentioned it to her. Because she would be bugging me every time I'm in front of the PC.~lol And I think maybe a goldfish will do for now.~lol Thanks for your suggestion Lordwizard.(^^,)
• Singapore
5 Jun 07
Sounds... awful. Because it means you will need to catch cockroaches to feed your goldfish. :P
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
2 Jun 07
Have you thought about goldfish? My daughter enjoyed it she even talk and sing to it I thought it was so cute. Her goldfish lived about 3 years and I was so surprised that it lived that long, she would help me clean the fish bowl and I let her feed her fish after she had the pet fish she ended up with a hamster and I though oh gross she took care if.
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• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Wow so lovely, she is singing to her fish. And thank you for suggesting a goldfish Aprilgrl! I will really consider it. And the great part, it will be easy for her to take of it. Have a nice day! Thank you again! (^^,)
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
3 Jun 07
You're Welcome :-)
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
2 Jun 07
Hello Aphroditei, Nice to visit with you again. Your Dad may be watching too much t.v., but he kind of has a point. Four can be very young for the responsibilities of pet ownership. It may not be as bad if your daughter is past the 'banging' stage. Many four year olds still 'bang' on things when they get excited. Sometimes, including their beloved furry friends. My nephew used to do this to the family dog 'Niko'. Niko never retaliated, but I suspect it's because he had the patience of Job. I'll share an alternative, that might buy you a little time until your daughter gets a tad older, and perhaps will help you figure out which type of pet she would most like. How about building a stuffed animal menagerie with her. You and she can pick out a stuffed pet together on regular intervals. Over a period of time, you'll begin to see which type of pet she's most fond of. Of course, you might want to avoid the "... lions, and tigers, and bears -- oh my!" She might develop an affinity for them, then you'd be in big trouble.
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• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Hi Ladyluna! Thank you for the stuffed animal menagerie suggestion. It's so great. Actually, she wants to have pets like Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, but not a real pig; she knows what real pigs look like.~lol, Tiger and Rabbit. Hmmmmm? I think real character pets like that would be hard to find huh?.~lol I should have opt for lions and tigers instead.~lol Just kidding.~lol Hugs my friend. Have a nice weekend! (^^,)
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
3 Jun 07
Oh my friend you know what I'm going to say and do, a big lecture is coming on! I think your daughter, or any child for that matter, needs to grow up with a pet. They need to care for something and learn the discipline and responsibility and above all the unconditional love a pet gives back, in loving you. I think a puppy, would be the best, but you will have to go with a breed that is gentle, seeing that she is still very young, and small puppies are just like children and when they are teething they like to chew on everything, even human fingers will do! lol So you will have to teach both of them. The veterinarian will play a huge roll, you will have to get the puppy vaccinated and de wormed. To have an animal is a huge responsibility, and if you are not prepared to look after it's needs in a proper way then don't, reconsider. They look so cute and cuddely when they are little but, they grow up so quickly and if it is not disciplined and taught then it will become a burden to the owner and will lead to neglect and a tragic end to the story that started out sooo cute. I suggest a Labrador breed, they are by nature not very active, that is why they make excellent companion's for blind people and they are in general very found of children. I warned you in the beginning you are going to get a lecture of note, lol!!! It's just that I care about animals a great deal and alot of hardship and sad cruel endings could have been prevented in alot of cases where knowledge is the greatest preventer of a sad ending to both owner and pet. I hope this was informative and not a discouragement. Love Annie xx
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Oh don't worry Annie. It didn't even sounded like a lecture to me.~lol And thank you, I really appreciate your advices, always. And you have a point. I quote: "knowledge is the greatest preventer of a sad ending to both owner and pet." Right! And I'm glad I posted this discussion. I would love her to have a pet. But I also take note that we'll be both in school, my dad is to be consider too, and as well the welfare of the pet. It should be one that need not much attention but yet she will enjoy taking care of. And I agree a puppy is not a good choice as of now. Maybe I will go with a goldfish or a bird. What do you think? Thank you Annie a lotssssss!!! HUgz!! And by the way, is there a difference in behavior with a white Labrador and a black Labrador? I just thought about it. I once saw a black Labrador, he was so beautiful. But it was also a Swat dog.~lol(^^,)
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Jun 07
There is no difference in breed when it comes to the black or golden yellow Labradors (retriever) I hear what you are saying and I think a goldfish will do, they don't really mind being on their own for a long time, they mind their own business so to speak! lol!
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• Philippines
9 Jun 07
Many many thanks Annie! And a lots of Love too!(^^,)
@honeyangel (1993)
2 Jun 07
goldfish - single goldfish
what about a goldfish,i got them for my kids and they love them,there easy to keep,just clean the water once a week and feed the every second day
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I agree. Start little. Start with a fish then she can move on to a dog.
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• Philippines
4 Jun 07
Thanks for sharing too Lovelyladydancing! I will consider a fish. It's a great idea. She would loved it and my dad as well.~lol Have a nice day! (^^,)
@Galena (9124)
3 Jun 07
rats make brilliant pets for smaller children particularly. they are easy to care for, calm and affectionate. they are also very intelligent and can be taught tricks. they are much less nervous than animals like hamsters or mice, so are less likely to nip. they are also large enough to handle easily.
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Thank you Galena for your suggestion! Have a nice day! (^^,)
@shorva (923)
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
I suggest that you try to give her parakeets or we call it lovebirds here in our country. You don't need to worry, because they're like scared of people, they just fly away and they're inside a cage anyway. Just always make sure that she'd be responsible enough to give them food and clean water and keep they're environment clean. It doesn't take a lot of task to take care of them. And it's cheap too.
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Great suggestion too Shorva! Thank you! (^^,)
@kaplya (1578)
• India
2 Jun 07
i think u might give her a little rabbit as a pet. they r usually unharmful and also there's no chance of getting hurt by them!:) of course if u r not bothered about the cleaniness of ur house!lol another option could be a fish in the form of a pet though i think they need lots of care!:P
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• Philippines
4 Jun 07
Hi Kaplya! How are you my friend? And thank you for your suggestion. I'm considering between a goldfish and a rabbit. But the final vote will be decided by my daughter and my dad.~lol And if things comes to worst for me, lol, they might settle on both.~Just kidding. Have a great week my friend!(^^,)
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@pajmaz (134)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I would like to get a lab for my daughter whos almost two. They're very kid friendly dogs. Good luck! The right one will choose you!
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• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Thanks Pajmaz. Welcome to Mylot! It's quite difficult to choose a pet for a 4 year old. And I really appreciate your suggestions. Have a nice day! (^^,)
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• Netherlands
2 Jun 07
I have also a 4 years old daughter who wants to hae almost everything as a pet. If I listen to what she wants to have as a pet...I think I can start my own zoo...hehehe. Instead giving her her own zoo, we gave her some gold fishes. And she loves it....every morning when she wakes up, she go directly to check on her gold fishes and start feeding them. And I'm happy too because this kinda pet didn't really takes to much attention nor special care nor time nor mess in the house nor expensive. My personal opinion, give her some bowl with colourful fihses or small hamster/ rabbit.... Good luck !!!
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• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Thanks my friend. Your daughter must look so lovely feeding her fishes every morning. It's great. And yes, if I listen to my daughter too, we would have elephants, tigers, giraffes, kangaroos...~lol...Have a nice week end!(^^,)
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• Philippines
2 Jun 07
i always have some dogs and some fishes. i have never had bad experiences with dogs while my children were still very young. dogs has always been around us even before i had kids. just make sure that the dog that you will get are not the harsh ones which bite. puppies which are friendly will either lick your hand or cower - too shy to be held by you at first but will never show any sign of anger or fighting. never buy a puppy which shows aggressiveness or a fighting stance at any instance.
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Hi Trinidad! I appreciate your suggestion a lot. And yes, I will look for puppies that don't show aggressiveness at first glance. Have a blessed Sunday! (^^,)
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
3 Jun 07
A bowl of fish or a turtle I had a turtle when I was little and fish they dont bite dont scatch and dont think they need any shots what so ever cant remeber my dad getting the little turtle a shot lol. We have 3 dogs but only one my grand daughter can have any thing to do with and he is old she chases him around the yard and trys to hug him he dont stand still to much .
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
It's cute! He might get tired after being chasing around a lot.~lol Thanks Lakota! I always appreciate your responses. Have a great week! (^^,)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
5 Jun 07
thanks you too . Yup he gets tired he is 14 1/2 years old but he never gets to upset with her only when she trys to get sugar in his face he moves face she trys to get him to lick but he wont
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• Philippines
6 Jun 07
He's so nice!(^^,)
@bystander (2269)
• Philippines
14 May 10
well, for a 4-year old, safe pets would be a fish in an aquarium, love birds in a cage, even the noisy parakeets are relatively safe... don't try animals with tempers yet, like cats and dogs. birds and fish only need regular feeding and a clean environment.
@bystander (2269)
• Philippines
17 May 10
cats and dogs, even if guaranteed to be homey, tame and friendly, still pose some risks to its owners... they are animals and animals retaliate when hurt... only those in cages can not... even birds, like parakeets, retaliate when hurt... but you know, having a pet and doing well not to "wake up" the animal in the pet is the ultimate challenge in having one. certain positive values can be learned by having pets... and one only succeeds when risks are genuinely managed by the owner and friendship developed between pet and owner...
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@ericajoyce (1749)
• Philippines
10 Dec 07
Hello aphroditei_5279. I think the best pet for your daugther is a pet fish. Your dad doesn't have to worry if it will bite her or scratch her. Fishes are not harmful pets in fact they are nice to watch. Kids can give them food. I hope you like my suggestion.
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• Philippines
14 Dec 07
Thank you Ericajoyce! And yes, I do like you suggestion. As of now, she got a pair of rabbit. And she seems to like them a lot. My dad does the taking care part the most though...LOL....But it's still fun. And even if I'm not around much they can both manage..LOL..Thank you again...And I will consider your suggestion for her next pet. By the way Merry Christmas and have a prosperous New Year! (^^,)
• Philippines
15 Dec 07
Your welcome aphroditei and Advance Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year!!!
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I have a 5 yr. old son...he has a small fishtank, a hamster, and a black lab (who is a little over a yr. old)...he takes good care of them...of course, me or his Dad often help with his dog...because he is quite large now and gets excited so easily...lol We began with the puppy...he was so small when we got him...but now he weighs almost 100 pounds....HAHA Then we got the fish and the hamster came last month on his birthday..... I think it teaches a child so much to learn how to care for and love a pet....feeds their nuturing side.... Good luck with finding her a pet, Aphroditei...
@nowment (1758)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Labs are such loving dogs with good temperments, that is likely why they are often trained as service dogs, for the blind, hearing impaired, as well as other disabilities. Though those first few months when they are getting used to their size after they have grown takes some adjustments. I saw a great show, this one black lab, was trained to care for a parapalegic boy, the mother showed that the dog was so well trained, they had the boy send the dog for a drink, [fridge was rigged so dog could open it]they left 3 pounds of ground meat opened, uncovered, next to the boys drink. The dog got the drink took it to the mother to be opened, and then delivered it to the boy. Didn't even sniff at the meat he was so well trained. Later they showed how this dog helped with other areas for the boy, including pulling his pajama top on him, and pulling the blankets up to "tuck" him in. Smart, and loving seems to be key phrases for the Lab. The only thing was anyone new such as a doctor, therapist or new person to the home, had to be careful since this dog didn't allow anyone to get near the boy that wasn't approved. Of course the mother didn't see that as a problem since she felt her son was well protected.
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Thank you Tinamwhite and Nowment! I hope to find her a pet soon. And yes, a fishtank will be good for starter. And Labradors sounds so loving. I would love her to have one too. And thank you again Nowment for sharing the story. It's so heart-warming and inspiring. Have a great week to you both! (^^,)
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
3 Jun 07
I would suggest a pet pomeranian dog ( white colored one ) for your little lovely daughter. She would very love the company of the pet dog which would definitely do no harm to her ..in stead it would lovingly be a companion and a playmate for years .
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Thank you Sukumar! I didn't know they were called Pomeranian dog. They are cute too. (^^,)
• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Pomeranian dog - So cute!
Thank you Sukumar. I didn't know they were called Pomeranian dog. I'm not that familiar with dogs name. But they are so cute too. Thank you for your suggestion. (^^,)
@bluewings (3857)
3 Jun 07
I understand your dad's concerns,Tei, but guess what? When I was her age our family had a pup.I don't remember him well but I have many photos with him,lol.I don't think a small pup would be a dangerous pet if you could teach her to love the pup.She'd have a nice friend to teach her being responsible and caring at a young age.I hope you find just the right one for her(^^,)
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Thank you Blue! I would love to see your photos with your pup.~lol You must have looked so adorable.~lol Have I told you that we have ducks and chickens here.~lol She was scared at first but now, she loves them. And it's her responsibility, "slightly", to collect the eggs. She has a lot of fun collecting as well as eating them.~lol(^^,)
@bluewings (3857)
6 Jun 07
That's a great responsibility.I 'd have loved to do that at her age ,lol.No wonder she enjoys it.
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@mosvph (97)
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
How about a duckling? A little yellow duckling. Kids are familiar with ducklings "Three little ducks...." remember the nursery rhyme? They've also had them in the tub before, right? So why not a live one to care for? Sure, sure the duckling needs its mom. But so too does the puppy. Anyway this is just a suggestion. The duckling could never harm your little kid. It can't even be serious about its peck, hehehe.
@Galena (9124)
3 Jun 07
don't know about that. I still remember being bitten by a duck when I was little. it really hurt and it bled a lot.
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• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Hi Mosvph! Welcome to Mylot! We already have ducks. And she used to feed them when they were small. But now, they stay in the cage. And she visit them everyday. Thank you for your suggestion. I really appreciate it. Happy Posting! (^^,) Hi Galena! I'm so sad to hear you got bitten by a duck. I know some may be quite fierce. Happily, our ducks run away when my daughter try to come toward them. But now, because, they are not duckling anymore too. They mostly stay in their cage. (^^,)
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
3 Jun 07
My son is also 4, and only recently we decided to get him a pet as well, actually as a reward for sleeping by himself. After a lot of tossing around several ideas, we settled on a guinea pig, then found out they are such social animals, it was best to have two, females if possible. We ended up with two males, but they have been great.
• Philippines
5 Jun 07
Thank you Muscare! That's a great idea too as a reward. She is going to school soon. Maybe I can catch some time by saying if she do well at school. And I can search further for the perfect pet for her. Thank you too for suggesting guinea pig. I like them too. They are so cute. (^^,)
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
7 Jun 07
Yes, I've never had guinea pigs before we got them for my son, and I find they're very funny little animals. They are so cute and easy to maintain. My wife and I use a reward system quite a lot for our son, and it works really well!
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