What kind of a pet is best for a 5 year old

United States
December 2, 2007 3:54pm CST
I had dogs before but my daughter won't be able to take care of one so that wouldn't be a good idea. I have my hands full as it is. She really wants a pet but I don't know what is best. It has to be easy to take care of for a five year old. I can't have cats I am allergic to them. What would you recommend?
4 responses
@jessje (145)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 07
No 5 year old can take care for a pet all by herself. That's why we foster so many animals. They all buy them for their kids, but they lose interest after a month or so, mum and dad doesn't really agree with the pet but it would be so nice for her/him. Who's going to take care of the animal then? Right.. the shelters.. Please only take an animal in if YOU want one, you will have to take care of it soon enough
• United States
7 Dec 07
No no dear, I am not going to take on a big pet such as dog or cat. I want something simple like a fish. Of course I don't expect my child to take care of the fish tank and other adult maintenance for the fish. I will do that. But, I want her to feed the fish that's all. That is why I am asking suggestions from others who has had the experience or have a good idea so that I won't just end up buying a pet that will end up in the shelter. I am not jumping into anything, this is call research dear...Thanks for the response.....
@jessje (145)
• United Kingdom
7 Dec 07
Sorry, I've seen to much dreadfull things in this area. We run a shelter at our house and at the moment we have: 7 dogs (3 pups only 5 month old, got boring), 6 cats, 2 hamsters, 4 rats, 2 gerbils, a bird and a turtle. And yes, all that in a small apartement with small garden! Most of them bought because the children wanted a pet, mom and dad didn't want the work that comes with it, kids got bored, pets had to go. I'd take a fish if I were you, you're daughter can "forget" to feed it for a day and it won't really matter. Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
• United States
8 Dec 07
Thank you for your comment...Wow all those pet you sound like you have your hands full. Yeah I won't do that. I wouldn't want to take on something big like that because if I get her a pet she can't take care of and I can't take care of then it would be really bad for the animal....
• United States
4 Dec 07
How about a hamster? If that is too much trouble then a goldfish in a bowl? or a cat since cats usually take care of themselves. But then again there is the whole kitty litter to clean.
• United States
4 Dec 07
Sorry dear I am allergic to cats. No hamster either I get scared, I am scared of a mice so hamster is just a bigger one yikes. I think I will stick with the fishy. Thanks for your comment...
• Finland
4 Dec 07
Just tossing out another idea when rodents are spoken of even though I think fish are a good idea, but how about a guinea pig? At least I don't think they even resemble mice or hamsters and they are very friendly. It's much less likely to scratch or bite than for example a rabbit and more manageable than mice or hamsters that you already said you didn't want.
• United States
6 Dec 07
Hey there is an idea, I will give this cute little pig that is not a pig a try lol. I will go take her over to the pet store to see if she would like to hold one...Then I will come home and research on how to care for it and stuff if she does want one. I promise her a pet for Christmas...To signify that she is grown up enough to take care of a pet now...
• United States
2 Dec 07
a fish might be a good first pet.that is what my moms friend did with her daughter and it is pretty easy for her to take care of.not too mention they dont require as much care as a dog does.
• United States
3 Dec 07
This is another good idea. Now do you have any suggestions as to what kind of fish? I don't know too much about fish other than the koi fishes they are pretty much easy to keep but they need to be outside in the koi pond. She needs something indoor. Any suggestions? Thank you for your comment.
@Ohara_1983 (4119)
• Kuwait
2 Dec 07
you can give her a love birds or chicks it will good for her,but try to bring them first in vetary to have enjection so it will safe to your daughter or buy a small lamb if you have a big background that will nice too.
• United States
3 Dec 07
The birds are a good idea. I will see if she would like to have some birds. As far as chicks and lamb, we can not have those our HOA (homeowner association) would not allow it in this neighborhood. I would assume they are hard to up keep as well. Too much time and effort needed for a 5 year old dear. Thank you for your comment sweetie...