Pets for Kids
April 24, 2013 12:15am CST
Hello myLotters. I have mentioned already that I have two little girls, one is turning 3, the other one is turning 2. My brother bought them little colorful chicks yesterday, and I noticed my older daughter loved them. She just sat beside the box where the chicks were, and enjoyed watching them. Now, I am planning to buy her a real pet, because these colorful chicks are those 30-day chicks. Those who are from the Philippines are surely familiar with those chicks in all feasty colors like pink, yellow, green, blue,etc. I want to ask your opinion about good pets for kids. I'm thinking of a guinea pig, a hamster or a rabbit. :)
25 Apr 13
Hamsters are cute. Although if you want to give the pets to your baby, you should accompany them to play and not to let them to play with them alone. Since even though they are cute, they may carry some disease if your babies still not understand how to treat them. Like washing hands after playing with the pets, etc. You should keep reminding them.
24 Apr 13
For me I don't prefer hamster to be kept as pair as soon they'll be reproducing more and more hamsters and at last you're going to kill them all. Keeping one hamster would be my choice. Also, small-sized and friendly dogs such as Shih Tzu are preferable as they're very spiritual, which bring you the essence of keeping pets - to bring communication between souls and happiness, and they're also very easy to handle. The only thing to concern, I think, is the fur and lice. May my answer help. May God bless!
• Zhengzhou, China
24 Apr 13
I think your babies are too young to look after themselves,so I advise that now you could give them the pets toys. Nomatter how clean the real pets are, it is not good for the babies. Maybe when your cute babies are able to know that how to keep a safe relations with pets as well as take good care of themselves. If you really want to buy for them, then I think you have to play with them together.
25 Apr 13
Hi Lizzie ;) Since their very young and might hurt pets with continuous touching, you may consider starting with fishes first. They can also have shorter life so you can teach about life spans. Cleaning, feeding and playing can still be experienced by the child with this animal :) Slowly introduce little hairy pets and more difficult ones as they get older :) Good luck lizzie! :)
• Toronto, Ontario
5 Aug 15
Volunteering at a shelter, and doing surrenders of animals I just shake my head at people like this. You have to consider the animals having feelings, and being a living item not just an object. Chicks are also animals, and the fact you stated you want to get a real pet for them. How likely are they to get bored of them? At 2 and 3 years old usually very quickly then you are stuck cleaning them. Rabbits can live 10 - 14 years, and need a lot of care and attention.
• Washington, District Of Columbia
28 Aug 14
As a kid many years ago, I had guinea pigs, rabbits, and doves in West Africa. That was possible because we had plenty of free land in the suburb.
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