my daughters first pet

United States
May 7, 2009 10:49am CST
Hello to all.. My daughter is 3 1/2 and I just wanted to know what is the best kind of pet to start her off with?? I was thinking hamsters but I remember when I had a hamster and i would try to play with him in the day time he always sleeping and then would bite me if i startled him!! she keeps asking me for a pet but I want something I know she can take care of and wont have to worry about her getting hurt bitten.
1 response
• United States
7 May 09
Fish are great for this age!! A small aquarium can be inexpensive and you can get a couple of gold fish. Have her help pick out the gravel and decorations for the tank to. I know it is not something furry and cuddly, but it is a start with being responsible for a pet. And as a bonus the water fliter sounds at night tend to be soothing for kids!
• United States
7 May 09
Thanks maybe I will consider that but I am really not a fish fan cuz I hear they stink alot lol and u have to clean them all the time and like you said they are not something she can hold or take for a walk lol but will definetley consider cuz it should be cheap and easy for her to learn to take care. What kind of fish do u think is good to start with?
• United States
7 May 09
Gold fish if you want more than one. Otherwise a Beta fish is very pretty and they come in many different colors. You can only have one of those though as they will fight each other. They really don't stink to much if you take care of the tank. I had a beta fish in my classroom for years and only "cleaned" the tank once a month. Just find a fish that is inexpensive--sometimes they don't last to long with little ones trying to pet them and all. But it is a way for her to learn and care for a pet that. You have to start small.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
8 May 09
Gold fish can actually live pretty long. One of my friends has a gold fish that is nearly 20 years old now. If you don't like things that smell and you don't want to clean, you definitely want a stuffed animal, not a live one.