A Child’s First Pet
If you’re considering getting a first time pet for your child, then these helpful tips may point you in the right direction. No matter what kind of pet you have, it’s going to be a lot of work. And, no matter how much your kid tries to convince you that they’ll do everything, you’ll have to shoulder a certain amount of responsibility. Pet ownership means adoption fees, vet bills, food, toys, grooming, cleanup. Taking on the care of an animal can teach your child how to be responsible and aware of the needs of others. A pet is a live-in nature lesson. The bond with a pet can provide immeasurable fulfillment for everyone in your family, not just your child. But how to pick the right pet?
Hermit Crabs are low-maintenance pets. These small crustaceans require a daily diet of fresh food and water, plus a misting of water to keep them moist. Your child will need to be attentive to the hermit crab’s behavior, since they do molt regularly and require progressively larger shells to wear as they grow. Hermit crabs are a great way to introduce your child to the world of responsible pet ownership.
Not every kind of lizard will work well for the novice pet owner. Iguanas and Savannah monitors start out cute and small, but they grow into lizards several feet in length and they’re also capable of inflicting nasty bites. Instead, consider a leopard gecko or bearded dragon. These reptiles are good starter pets due to their docile nature, low-maintenance lifestyle and small size. Though delicate in their infancy, once they reach adulthood, they’re resilient and hardy creatures.
There are a few types of small birds that can make for a good introduction to the world of pet care. Canaries, for example, don’t require a lot of one-on-one time, and a pair of society finches will happily keep one another entertained. All birds require regular cage cleaning and fresh food and water, along with a cage roomy enough for a bit of flying and some toys for amusement. Small birds don’t like sudden movements or unexpected noises, so they’re best cared for by older, calmer children.
Gerbils main requirements in life are food, water, a clean and comfy cage, and a wheel for exercise. Most small rodents can be adequately socialized with at least five minutes of handling per day. The biggest thing to watch out for with all three animals is that they’re excellent escape artists.
A fish is another classic first pet. Betta fish are happiest in smaller bowls, no filter necessary. Betta’s are beautiful fish, often jewel-toned, with long flowing fins. The bowl will need regular cleaning and water changes; consider adding an aquatic snail to your bowl, which will help keep the algae at bay.
A first pet is a special moment for any child and we hope this information is helpful. For more great helpful tips contact Compassionate Care Animal Clinic.