When choosing a pet, it’s important to think about the pet’s needs. If you’re living in a small apartment in San Francisco, a large dog might not be ideal for you. Instead, you may end up choosing a fish or hamster.
Or if you live in a sprawling home with acres and acres of land in your backyard, you may want to get a bigger pet.
While a dog or cat in a larger space is better, many parents opt to test the waters with a small pet first.
A fish is usually the first pet for children.
This makes sense, since it seems the easiest and most cost effective to maintain. How many of us have tolerated the goldfish won from a game at the fair? You go out and buy all the supplies: food, tank, filter, etc., and before you can fully enjoy the fish, it dies sooner than expected. Then you’re left with all this equipment gathering dust in your garage.
A better option is a hamster.
They don’t take much space, they’re easy to take in and out of their cage, cleaning the cage isn’t time consuming or difficult, and they live longer than most fish. The only drawback is the fact that they love to run at night. You’ll hear them using their wheel, and if it’s a particularly loud or squeaky wheel you won’t be able to sleep.
So, what do you do? Give up and forget about the pet your child desperately wants? Nope. Here’s what you do: choose a wheel that allows the hamster to run as much as it wants.
And if you’re going to put in the time and effort to get a wheel, you might as well choose the best wodent wheel for your needs. There are so many options and various price points, so there’s bound to be a wheel that is perfect for you.
Once you’ve chosen a wheel, don’t forget about the quality of your bedding. As cute as these furry creatures are, their waste isn’t so much. Choose a bedding that’s absorbent, so don’t buy the cheapest option. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
But if a fish or hamster just won’t cut it for you, feel free to choose a larger animal for your child. You know him or her best, and a dog or cat definitely have benefits to them.
I encourage you to check out the available animals at a shelter first. If it’s a reputable one, the animals are taken care of. They can even tell you if the animal is a good fit for your family.
However, if you prefer a purebred animal of some sort, then you’ll have to contact a breeder and go from there. The best advice I can give for choosing a puppy is to pick the calmest one, rather than the one that comes running to you when you call it.
A calm temperament will benefit the family, and that pet will tolerate your child’s antics better than an excitable dog.
As for a cat, the best cat I’ve observed is one that doesn’t act like a cat. This means if you can find one that is more social and enjoys human interaction you’ve found a good one. Of course, this is just my opinion, so if you prefer a cat that is solitary and pretty much ignores humans except when it wants food and affection, by all means choose that one.
No matter which pet you give your child, just remember to carefully think about this. It’s a big commitment. A pet isn’t like a store item you can return the moment you don’t want to deal with it anymore. It’s now a part of the family.
Your child will also learn how to take care of a living creature, to be selfless and responsible. These are wonderful character building traits. Depending on your child’s age, don’t think that he or she will be able to do everything for the pet. You’ll need to help out until your child is able to do it all.