which is better for kids?

United States
May 26, 2012 6:33pm CST
my kids are 4 and almost 3 years old. i want to know which is the better pet for kids that young? i know that dogs it really probly depends on what type of dog it is i am sure. cats i know they scratch but i am woundering if it is possible to know which pet is better to have. which is easier for them to help take care of and learn responsibility? i know they are young but they can help with small things and my 4 year old wants to and is excited to help take care of an animal. any ideas? also if you have a certain type of cat or dog that you know is bad for kids or good for kids please let me know :)
5 responses
@lady1993 (19749)
• Philippines
27 May 12
I think hamster or guinea pig would be best, although they could be hard to take care of since they are delicate. But they are small and they rarely bite, and if they do, it's small. A puppy is nice too, so it'll grow with them..
• United States
29 May 12
i actually did consider a hampster for many reasons lol. here in my apartment we dont have to pay a pet deposite if we have a hamster or a guinea pig but i heard that they were very expensive themselves a long with everything that we would have to buy to go with them and feed them since you have to have toys and everything for them...not sure if it was true or not...i have been considering the puppy because they can play with it and like you said they can grow up together and get to know each other very well.
@lady1993 (19749)
• Philippines
29 May 12
Yeah, the hamster has really small poop too. all you have to do is clean the cage every week and give it small toys.. But as they say , dog is man's best friend.. so maybe a dog is better, you just have to get it anti rabies shots.
• United States
29 May 12
do you have to get a hampster shots? yes they always do say that and sometimes you can see it where the dog is actually the kids best friend and they talk to it even tho it cant talk back. i was thinking about it i can actually get them both if i really wanted to but not sure i could afford that right now lol. but i am sure my kids would love it but they would have to learn to leave it alone haha and that could be something hard to teach them since they look so cuddly from what i have noticed lol
@geecliq (12)
• United States
27 May 12
A kitten would be more preferable cos cat has some airy skin which might be dangerous to child's health and well-being. I believe you need to put that into consideration. For a dog, they tends to be on the safer side like having more play time with the kids and neva gets tired of playing except if hungary. That's my opinion though
• United States
29 May 12
i will have to look that up i had never heard that cats were bad for the health. are dogs also bad for the health? i will definately be taking this into consideration because i would hate for my kids or anyone for that matter getting sick because of my animal. that is what i am thinking about the being able to play with them because my kids love to play with my grandmas and my mother in laws dog lol they never seem to know when to stop tho that is why i am woundering if it isnt still a little to early for them to get a pet.
• United States
27 May 12
Dogs are generally better for young children, because dogs are more interactive than cats. The children will probably have more fun with a dog than they would a cat. Don't get me wrong, there are great cats in the world, but typically they are more aloof than dogs and are less forgiving of those who pull tails, mishandle, drop, etc., as kids have been known to do. Dog breeds to avoid would include, dalmations, St. Bernards, and Chow Chows. Dog breeds that are said to be good with kids include, Greater Swiss Mountain dogs, Bernese, and Poodles. Of course it depends on the dog too. One of the nicest dogs I ever knew was a Rottweiler, which are, by breeding, watch dogs.
• United States
29 May 12
i have been leaning towards a dog but i am adding all the pros and cons up that way to make the best desicion. i think that my kids would adapt to a dog better. like you said dogs are more fun and also my kids like to hold and i am sure they will pull tails at some point and i know that a cat will scartch "attack" if someone does that to them. i have never heard of a Greater Swiss Mountain dog what do they look like? and how big do they get? the only thing i have a problem with is here in our apartment the pet has to weigh under 25 pounds but we are thinking of waiting until we move so that we can get a bigger dog that would work better with kids and then we can possibly get a fence out back so the dog could have more room to play and run around on a daily basis. i would love to have a Rottweiler but i heard they were very mean dogs but then again i think an animal acts the way it has been raised.
@ShyBear88 (17699)
• United States
27 May 12
I would ask your kids which one they want more of. They are old enough to tell you if they like cats or dogs. If you get a dog I would go with something like a lab or golden retriever if you want something that is big but gentile. Now if someone in the house has a pet allergies then a dog would be best because you can find a bunch of dogs that are hypoallergenic. Any animal with hair not fur is hypoallergenic poodles are have hair no fur. They will not shed but you do have to get there hair cut every few months. Dogs do require someone to walk them once a day no matter what size they are and training some dogs need more then others. Now with cats they are good but if you don't like dealing it fur a lot then cats tends to shed a lot. You can get hypoallergenic ones but they are every expensive and hard to find. With cats you do need to change litter box and clean thing but a lot of cats have short tempers around children so you would have to look into a breeds to find the right temper and mind set for you. Also they have to be trained or else they will go where every they want in the house just like a dog will. Personally myself I would go with dog but that is because we have a lot of allergies in my house and my husband is allergic to cats. I'm allergic to both but I've been around both all my life that it just doesn't bother me anymore. Now if you have more kids you can't touch the litter box you'll have to have someone do that for you because of illness that is easily spread to pregnant women through cat poop. Now when you do look into either cat or dog remember the breed doesn't tell you how the dog is going to act with you. You'll have go and seeing and spend a few minutes with them to see if that dog or cat is really right for you. Each animal has there own wind and will not act to what the breed description says they will.
• United States
28 May 12
well they say dog more but every once in a while they will say cat so i get mixed answers from them and my youngest usually just says the option you say last lol. i want a bog dog but right now it has to weigh under 25 pounds because it is in our lease but we are thinking about waiting until we move to get a pet that way we can get a bigger dog than that for the kids. i have bad allergies but it is out door allergies and as far as we know no one else in the house has any pet allergies so that is a good thing and it makes things a little easier. the trainging is my first problem i wouldnt know where to begin. i am not sure i would have the time right now to do this that is why i think we are waiting and that way we can possibly have a bigger one and i will ahve more time to take care of it and train it and all that. i am unable to have any more kids so i wouldnt have to worry about that. the thing i am worried about is cats can stink a house up quick and even tho a dog smells sometimes i think a cat smells worse with the litter box and if it has an accident any where in the house. yes my neighbor said the same thing. she said that when she was raising her son and daughter that she bought a dog without introdusing the family first and it turned out to be a very bad experiance because the dog didnt like any of the family specially the kids. he would chase them around and bark and all kids of things.
• United States
27 May 12
I can Let you know Now that A Golden Retriever Is Named Aas The friendlest Dog On PLANET Earth. Look it up there has never been any sign or conplaint of a golden retriever biting or harming any kid or adult.. Watch the Movie ''Air Bud'' And the dog In That Movie is A golden retriever They are very playful and gget along with anybody and any animal.. Do not use a Golden retriever as a attack dog or a guard dog because no matter how much you train it it wil never learn how to be a vicious dog..
• United States
27 May 12
my husband mentioned this dog to :) i cant not recal of EVER hearing a bad thing said that a golden retriever did. is it a big dog? i mean i have seen them before but how much do they get to weighing? here where i live they have to be under 25 pounds but we are going to start saving to move some where else so i may wait til we move there so we can get a little bigger dog.