Every child should have a pet, pets are not only cute to look at it but they teach responsibility, they show your child how to have compassion as well. One can not expect a toddler to master the art of feeding the pet on time and giving it attention but with a little help your child will learn to enjoy feeding and giving attention to the pet.
When choosing a pet for your child you must keep a realistic perception, you do not want to purchase a pet that will be too intimidating for your child, or a pet that should be handled with care, because you want your child to have interaction with the pet however, your child could enjoy a pet that should be handled with care if you keep a close eye on the pet and child. Below are five pets that are good for your child.
Kitten – It is best to get a kitten at least 4-5 weeks for your toddler. It is best to get a young kitten so that your child will grow with your child, and because toddler are curious and like to tug and pull you need not to worry about the kitten scratching or being overly hostile to your child, and chances are your cat’s temper will adjust to your child’s as they grow together. A Kitten from the pet store with the works done on it (shots, spayed), can cost $200-300, although you may find cheaper kittens at the animal rescue.
Guinea Pig-can make lovable, cuddly pets, they are mostly friendly. They are not that hard to take care of and are inexpensive. You may need to clean the cage out every 2 days; they can be a bit messy. The best thing about guinea pigs is that you can take them out for a bit in the backyard, they love grass and might eat it. You might need to section off an area, you can also let them out in the house for a little bit just to get their Guinea exercise. Guinea pigs can cost $40- $50.
Betta Fish- Betta fish are great for children, they a very inexpensive and easy to take care of. You will need to do a full tank change at least once a week and a 25%-50%water change as needed. Betta fish are very beautiful fish, and come in a variety of colors, they typically cost $4, they need a fish bowl with enough room to swim around comfortably in and some fish food, usually blood worms or Betta fish pellets. You’ll be surprised to find that your Betta fish may recognize faces and will probably swim around happily at the sight of your child, the Betta fish might even flare his face at your child, and this is because he feels intimidated, and challenged, your child also may be looking to close at the fish. Betta fish are fighting fish and are not afraid to fight, and when they feel challenged they will flare their face, but they also flare as a method of courting females. Betta fish also blow up at certain objects, my betta fish flares at blue lollipops and certain stuffed animals. Male Betta fish do not favor current too much and so may get upset if they are shaken up.
A plant will make a good “pet” for a child. Plants are alive, even if they do not seem like it. Many children are fascinated by plants. Your child will take delight in watering the plant, you can also allow your child to spray it using a water bottle with the spray nozzle, also when the plant needs to be repotted your child can help, your child will love the dirt. Let your child touch the plant’s leaves, let your child name the plant and let him/her talk to it. It is important to choose plants carefully because many can be poisonous if consumed, and if your child likes to put things in his/her mouth this can be a problem. The best thing to do to be safe is place the plant on a high shelf where your toddler can not access it, and take it down when it is time to water the plant.
A small parakeet will make a good pet for your toddler. Since birds are fragile, you should supervise your toddler when he holds the bird, you want to make sure your toddler does not squeeze the bird, but to have the bird sit on his finger. Not all parakeets will willingly sit on your finger some may have to be trained. Parakeets’ water and food need to be changed daily. It is best to get two parakeets together, so that the bird will not feel alone, and two birds may get a little messy, so you may need to change the cage lining a few times a week. Parakeets cost $20 the most.