My son wants a pet

Australia
November 24, 2008 8:01am CST
I have a 5 year boy who has mild Autism. Lately he started asking us for a pet. We had fish tank but as he wasnt allowed to play with the fish (we got them when he was 3) he lost interest in them so I was left to care for them. When we went on holiday we gave them to my father and we told them to keep them. Now I am pregnant with our second child so I am not to pleased about having a pet but seen how much my son wants one I think I might have to let him and my husband get one. What animal would you recomend (he is into everything that can move)? And give me some reasons why? Also I dont wan anything that would die on me in 2 weeks or cost a fortune to get and to keep (as in vet and bills and special food).
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@fedge098 (1331)
• Philippines
24 Nov 08
I suggest you buy him a puppy. A small one that never grows too big, a chihuahua or a mini pincher, anything for a small dog. I think this will be a good pet for your son as dogs can be a good friend for your son. Just make sure the dog is complete with the necessary injections/medications. I'm pretty sure your son will love to have a puppy for a new pet. Also, ensure your husband is there to guide your son all the time in handling his new pet. I hope he'll love dogs for pet.
• United States
24 Nov 08
chihuahua's are a very nice dog to have and very lovin . he would love it !
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
25 Nov 08
I think you should buy him a hamster. What little boy doesn't love them? I had a hamster once before and my son had such a great time with it. We never had to take it to the vet or give it specialty food it was just basic pet care. My mom use to have Guine Pigs and I really enjoyed them when I was a child. Have a great day
• Australia
25 Nov 08
How are they with smell I mean do they smell a lot and how often do you clean the cage?
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
25 Nov 08
Well for hampsters, it's contained in a small cage so it doesn't take up much space so the smell isn't bad at all. Or wasn't for me anyway. I would say that to keep up with cleaning the hampster's cage that it depends on how much it's eating and that's a pattern you will have to learn. With my hamster that we had, we were good for leaving the cage for almost a week and in that time, it wasn't too bad yet but I just decided to do it before it did get bad. When I was a kid my mom had Guinie pigs as I mentioned and she was the one that always cleaned their space so I have no clue about that.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Thanks for the info this is what I was looking for lots of information from a personal point of view. I would hate to have an animal at home and for all the house to be taken over by the smell.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
What about a hermit crab? Thats what we got our ywo year old daughter as her first pet....recently we got her a kitten but we still have the hermit crab too. Even if he doesnt hold it, you can let it crawl around on the floor and stuff and he can pick it up by the shell....I dunno all the neighborhood kids loved coming over to see it and thought it was thew coolest thing....look into it if you like. We got ours for like $2 or $3 and all they need is a small cage, gravel for the bottom, the food is afew bucks and lasts al loooong time (for us anyway) and a little sponge which is only about 75 cents. Good luck:) Oh and they usually have painted shells (where i live neway) and he can go with a pick one he likes! We got one painted green with a butterfly painted on it, but I've seen all kinds, even Spiderman!
• Australia
24 Nov 08
Oh that wont last a long time I think one will have to go :))))) He would tuch it all the time (and so will I to be honest) and plus now with the lovely shels in all colours they are so cute. I will take him to a pet store see how he likes it (but I know the more dangerous it looks the more he would love it)
@irishidid (8119)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have to laugh because I'm reminded of the time my oldest had a hermit crab that got lost in her room. She had to clean her room to find it and only did so because I threatened her if she didn't. If the thing starts stinking you still have to sleep in here. She cleaned her room and there was the hermit crab still alive. We laugh about it now that she's grown. The poor thing probably lived on crumbs it found on the floor.
• Australia
25 Nov 08
if that happened in my sons room it would survive for years, my son hids food like a dog so he can eat it later lucky we clean often.
• China
25 Nov 08
i think the small dog pet is much better for your son,in my memory,most of the boy like dog and girl like cat,your pretty son have pass 5 years old,so buy one small dog pet(less than 1 year) to him is the best choice.that's my personal opinion for you,of course,maybe you have another best idea.
• Australia
25 Nov 08
Girls usually follow their friends and boys like dogs.
• China
25 Nov 08
right,we are the same opinion,boy like dog and gril follow their friend opinion.
@maximax8 (27048)
24 Nov 08
I know that autistic children can grow very close to a pet and be really loving. I have taught an autistic boy and he loved his dog. I suggest you get a puppy that will grow into a small dog. I have two miniature poodles that I got in 2004 and 2006 and my baby was born in 2007. A cat is more independent than a dog that likes to play and go for walks. Good luck with finding the ideal pet and the rest of your pregnancy.
• Australia
24 Nov 08
Well you would never know he has Autism because it is so mild (we even think that is something else all together but anyhow). I would prefer cat but there are a lot of them around us and you have to keep them inside and pregnancy and cats dont go well together. I dont know if we should get him a pet for christmas, his b'day in april or when the baby comes also in April.
@maximax8 (27048)
28 Nov 08
It is great your son's autism is really mild. Yes, having a cat in pregnancy might be a worry. I suggest you get a pet before your baby is born. My 18 month old son loves my two dogs. Rabbits and guinea pigs are lovely but they don't enjoy handing like a pet dog does. Good luck.
@bobbyjoe143 (1287)
25 Nov 08
with knowing that your son had pet fish and got bored of them so then you gave them way, i would suggest that you think long and hard about getting another pet just because your son is asking for one. my son is now 10, but when he was 5 i took on an old dog (she needed a home and i gave it to her), my son is more of a cat person (as am i) and he was very angry that i got a dog and not a cat. he asked me for a cat, and i decided after 2-3 weeks that i wanted a cat too. yes my son was the one who brought up the idea of the cat, and even now, when we talk about the cat, we say keirons' cat. but i took it on knowing full well that it would be me that cared for the cat, i feed it, i clean the litter tray, i see to it when it's ill and i pay food and vet bills for it. if you couldn't manage to look after a couple of low maintainence fish when your son got bored, how will a high maintenence animal like a cat or dog fair?
• Australia
26 Nov 08
He wants a pet that he can play with fish are not animals that you can play with thats why he didnt like them and we got them more for my self then him and they were in the house for over 2 years so its not like we gave them away 2 weeks after we got them. I cant look after them as I am pregnant and I had to clean the huge tank every 2 weeks and it took me whole day to clean the tank plus the night before I had to boil and store 150 l of water. It is not easy looking after fish
• India
25 Nov 08
i suggest u to buy something with less or no fur. its really infectious to have pets with fur..
• Australia
26 Nov 08
No fur will be a blesing
• China
25 Nov 08
That depends on your feature about your son. What kind of pet does your son like? cats or dogs. These two kinds of pets are popular.
• Australia
25 Nov 08
he is into everything as long as it moves :))))) oh and he would love to be able handel it.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
i am not that experienced with pets but i guess you can give him a dog, there dogs that are well trained and it wont be a hassle...a friend of mine love dogs because it gives him companionship!
• Australia
25 Nov 08
If we get a well trained dog it would cost a fortune but yes it does make sence
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
25 Nov 08
What about a turtle or a hamster? I have had both in my life. I loved having my box turtle. She had the coolest looking shell. We fed her raw hamburger and lettuce and carrots. I think you have to have a warming light so they don't get too cold and die. My hamster was really cool because I had one of those Habitrails for him. You can keep getting new pieces and make the "cage" go all over the place. I put toilet paper rolls in the cage and watched him chew them up and make nests. They only need a little bit of cedar chips in the bottom. You have to change the chips about once a week. Good luck choosing the right pet and the best of luck with your new bundle of joy!
• Australia
25 Nov 08
Turtle never came to my mind to be honest he loves them but they dont do much on the other hand hamster is active and fun to look at.
• United States
25 Nov 08
I recommend you a terrier its a small and a beautiful dog, i really like it that dogs :). Or maybe you can call a veterinary and ask him, he know more than you and me of dogs :D. Hope you will find the best dog for your son. Have a nice day and hope you will have a good week ;) see you and bye bye :)
• Australia
25 Nov 08
I know vets and specialist know prom a profesional point but somethimes you can get a lot of personal experience this way. hope you have a great week to I just cant belive its tuesday already.
• United States
24 Nov 08
Personally I believe a pet would be beneficial for any child.. Make sure you instill in them the responsibility they will need. Make it fun to feed the pet together and take it out for its bathroom breaks. I personally recommend a dog. I have never had a problem with any of my 3 dogs. I have two dogs that do not shed their fur, Shih Tzus, and one that hardly sheds, Jack Russel Terrier. They have always been known as man's best friend with good reason. I suggest look at your local SPCA shelter and see if a dog there may help suit your needs. Good luck and have fun.
• Australia
24 Nov 08
I was atacked by a dog and still have my scars so anything biger than a cat size is a no no with me. I bet there would be hips of dogs after christmas to choose from in my local shelters.
• Taiwan
24 Nov 08
i suggest cat you can bring any where..
• Australia
24 Nov 08
well they also run away and wonder all night which is illegal where I live
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
24 Nov 08
A small dog or cat might work. Just nothing that is too much work. I would not go for a puppy necessarily as they still need to be trained. But a small dog should be fine. Just pick a very patient breed, not something that is loud or easily upset.
• Australia
24 Nov 08
You make an interesting point with the puppy thanks