Kids get excited by almost any type of animal, and at some point they will probably want a pet. Pets are great for companionship and they can also teach responsibility. Before quickly deciding on a pet, you’ll want to make sure that your young child’s first pet isn’t too difficult for him/her to take care of. Here are three pets that make great starter pets for a young kid.
Kittens are one of the most popular pets across the board. They also can be some of the easiest to take care of because they have an innate instinct to take care of themselves. This means that your child can spend more time playing with the kitten than cleaning up after it. Newborn kittens probably aren’t the best choice for a young child. You’ll probably want a kitten that is a few months old so they’ll already be familiar with a litter box.
Turtles won’t play fetch, but your kids will get a kick out of watching the turtle run (slowly) around. Turtles are great for small children because they don’t require a lot of cleaning. They also have hard shells, so if your kid gets a bit rough the turtle can find security and safety by retreating in it’s shell. The most difficult part about having a turtle should probably be maintained by a parent or older sibling. It’s tank must be kept at proper temperatures and proper lighting in order for the turtle to thrive.
3. Betta Fish
If your kid wants a pet to look at rather than to play with, a fish is a great way to go. Betta fish are recommended because they are one of the easiest fish to take care of. With a variety of color choices, your child is sure to find one they love. Betta fish don’t require a lot of feeding which means that the water won’t have to be changed as often. Since male Bettas need to be alone, this means that your child won’t be overwhelmed with a lot of fish.
Kids and pets go together like white on rice. Having a pet can boost their self-esteem, teach them responsibility, and provide companionship. If you decide to get your kid a pet, opt for a low-maintenance pet for young kids to save yourself from a headache.