The top 5 family pets
Worms and wombats aside, these are your most likely choices for a family-friendly animal.
At some stage your child is going to ask to get a pet
and the decision should not be taken lightly. If your family is ready for a pet, choose one that will fit into your home and lifestyle.
They are wonderful pets. Dogs need regular exercise and constant attention. Big dogs have big appetites, so consider this financially. Large breeds seem to live shorter lives than smaller dogs.
Cats are ideal pets for smaller homes with small or no gardens, since they can be trained to use a litter box. They are not a good choice for small children, because they can give a nasty scratch when provoked.
Hamsters are ideal pets for older children – they are too fast and sometimes too snappy for little children. Hamsters are relatively cheap. The biggest expense is the cage; apart from that you just need some food and wood shavings
Many children love colourful budgies and they do make cute pets, but there is not much interaction between budgie and child. They can be handled, but it takes time and patience and it is something that most children lack.
Goldfish might be the easiest to keep, but there is virtually no interaction between a goldfish and child. They are relatively cheap – the tank and setup is the most expensive.
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