What's the Best Pet for a Child?

@GreenMoo (11842)
April 6, 2008 6:34am CST
Although we have dogs, cats & rabbits already, they are my responsibility and I do all the walking, feeding and cleaning out. I'd like my son to have a pet of his own, that he would take care of himself (with my help of course!). I'm hoping that it would teach him some valuable lessons about responsibility. What do you think would be a good choice of pet for a young boy? I really can't decide! Do your kids have pets of their own which they take care of? And do they actually care for it themselves, or do you end up having to step in to help?
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@ruby222 (4848)
6 Apr 08
My son ..now 34 years old..had a hamster..she was called Mary lou....a wonderful little creature....she had her cage in the hall..but she loved to come out to play....she ran around the house for hours!!!! She was a low maintainence pet,and cheap to feed etc.... The problem as you point out is that dogs need walking..and thats a novelty at first...but it soon wears off....and cats arent very sociable...rabbits i love...loppy eared ones...but you have those already!! Our son cared well for Mary lou..but lol that was years ago..im not sure a hamster would be seen to be the in thing at the moment!!!! Still just a thought!!!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
I never thought of pets being in or out of fashion. Perhaps that shows how out of fashion I am ;-) I had a couple of hampsters about 10 years ago & they were very sweet. I think if we had a hampster now though it would be limited to it's cage because I don't think the cats & dogs could be convinced that it wasn't lunch. Now that would really cause ructions wouldn't it? Buy kiddie a pet, only to have it eaten by other pets! Ouch!
• United States
8 Apr 08
Well as you I have animals but they are mine to care for,which I thought about getting my daughter sea monkeys,really because that would show me if she could care for some other animal,and I also think every child should have some sea monkeys and yes they still sell them. I know it not really an animal,but I have also concidered a hamster,but the first time it bit her she would freak out and never touch it again.
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Apr 08
Wow, seamonkeys .... that brings back memories. I had them when I was a kid & I was devastated when I knocked the bowl over ....
@shuz697 (1047)
• United States
7 Apr 08
A Turtle.. Turtle's are fantastic pets.. They are not very high maintenance and they get pretty tame after a while.. They get VERY used to the hand that feeds them.. They dont take up much room.. You can take it out and hold it now and then or whenever you want and if the novelty wears off aslong as you have a good filter in your tank you wont have to do anything but feed it.. My Boys have a turtle..His name is Turbo Turtle.. Ive found him to be a very easy pet for the boys to take care of and almost as cheap as a gold fish but much more exciting.. :-)
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@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Apr 08
That's a really good idea. Thanks :-)
@TinaP40 (330)
• Spain
6 Apr 08
Rabbits and guinea pigs are always good for kids, people always think hamsters are but they are asleep all day and awake all night so not so good.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
I think you're right about hampsters! The last thing we need is something awake all night to stop us sleeping. we already keep rabbits, so I wonder whether a guinea pig might be able to live with them?
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
6 Apr 08
I think little boys needs a dog to grow up with, a dog will be there right beside him every day to run and play and be a campaign for him. Also they need to understand that this friend is in need of care and that since it is their pet they need to take on the responsibility of feeding it and cleaning up after it. I think having a pet is the first act of teaching them responsibility. Dogs just seem to go with little boys, where girls can get fish or birds or cats and be happy, little boys needs something that can run and play with them. Rough things that most girls dont' like to do. They both grow together and will be a true friend as the time goes by.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
The two dogs I already have certainly give my boys good exercise, playing with them & chasing toys around. The dogs sknow too not to be too rough, which I find amazing. I have one dog who is so greedy that you nearly lose your hand when you try & feed her scraps, but she is so gentle with the boys.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
6 Apr 08
I heard a vet talking on the radio the other day about the best pets for kids or what he called the kids first pet and he said pocket pets as he called them, he said rabbits or guinea pigs or maybe a kitten then maybe a small dog, good luck with your search.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
I have to admit that I don't like the term pocket pets. It makes me think of kiddies toys, which implies that kids can take them or leave them as they wish. I think a vet should know better!
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
7 Apr 08
I think he was referring to them as being small pets to start off with...
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
7 Apr 08
Dear friend, Even though I do be careful while kids playing with pets. Still I would like to say that it would parrots and that too if talking parrots. I hope dogs too are good but certain types of disease can be passed to kids. For a kid to play it might a good well behaved dog it could protect the kid too.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
The two dogs we already have are very protective of the kids. We were worried when we introduced the kids and dogs, but thankfully all is good. I love parrots, but I'm not sure I could keep one in a house with cats & dogs as it would have to stay caged all the time.
@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
i guess you should try to pet a fish
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
Hmmmm, I find fish a bit slippery .... !
7 Apr 08
i recommend a small pet like a mouse or hamster, i had a mouse and there very easy to take care of. they are also cheap u can buy them from any pet store and they take no room at all,it cost near nothing to feed them and clean them they are also friendly.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
Certainly something small would be a good idea from a spce point of view. I'm not sure a little pet like that would stand much of a chance once the cats realised it was there though ... Welcome to MyLot :-)
• China
7 Apr 08
I think that the dog is the best choice. Dogs are humen's friends.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
I do agree that dogs are great friends. We already have two, and they are really part of the family.
@madlees (1381)
• India
6 Apr 08
Dear, How old is your son. Select a pet accoringly. Dogs are the best as the first pet, but you'll have to help him out with the bath and all. He can take th dog for a walk, feed the dog etc. There sre some regular habits and a dog will make the master do it because they are very particular about their timings.. All the best
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
Thanks for that well considered response. We have two dogs already which I care for, but my son does help me with walks and things.
@wnbwnbwnb (427)
• China
6 Apr 08
Definately dogs! Dogs are much loyal and diligence than others,cats are quite lazy.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Apr 08
But if you think cats are lazy, then surely that would make them a good pet for a child as they wouldn't have to do so much?
• China
7 Apr 08
I think that dog is the best choice. Dogs are humen's friends.We can communicate well with dogs.