Pet child: how and at what age?

Each child says one word, plunging the parents into a quiet panic. He said: “Mom, I want a pet!“. The decision to get house animals is incredibly difficult for many parents! Still – it is impossible that the animal was aggressive, but it would be nice to a child to play with him. Cute – but not requires the master’s attention. Easy to care for – but does not cause allergies! So what pet for a child would fit in best? Discuss all options on!


About the dog dream of many children. The animal is playful, sociable, clever, without exaggeration can be called a friend!

And what is the educational effect can give a dog as a pet for a child?

  • First, the dog will teach a child to discipline and responsibility, because to remain silent, if not take her to walk or to be fed or she won’t!
  • Second, it will teach a lesson of devotion and friendship, as dogs are brighter than the other animals demonstrate unconditional love to the owner.

However, the maintenance of a dog involves and the difficulty for parents.

No matter how swore the child to do everything by himself to do always everything he can’t.

Take the same walks – if you don’t want your child to go somewhere after dark without an adult in the autumn and winter have to walk the dog together. And in the morning when the student must quickly get together to have Breakfast and run to class, he is clearly not up to dogs!

A large dog eats a lot, she must train, so it doesn’t become aggressive. In addition, there is a bathing, teeth cleaning…

In General, the dog need to agree when clearly you realize that primary care will fall on the shoulders of the parent.

And, perhaps, better to wait with the child that a pet up to 13-14 years, when the teenager will actually be able to take care of it myself!


Kitty , too, is the subject of dreams of many children – it can be taken up, he was playful and sociable.

And parents less hassle – no need to walk less difficulties with feeding (for information on how to care for kitten care adult cat already told).

What other reasons can you find to recommend this pet for a child?

The cat is smart and independent. Her love and respect must be won, and, unlike dogs, the “live toy” she will not! Therefore, the cat teaches children to be patient, to restrain his anger.

At the same time it is animal contact, which can be stroked, picked, listen to the soothing purr… But for a child it is important that furry friend could safely touch!

Besides, the cat really knows how to understand emotions and wellbeing (including child), his purr and touch of returning peace, pain relief, bad mood…

However, some children are allergic to cat fur. To find out in advance, just go with the child to visit someone who lives a cat, and if everything is in order you can start your own!


We already wrote about the fact that keeping a ferret in a cage or aviary, and just in the apartment.

The ferret leads a very active lifestyle, he needs to played a lot, so it can become a wonderful pet for a child!

Yes, the ferret has sharp teeth. But no more sharp than cats or dogs, and when properly handled ferret absolutely not aggressive and not dangerous for the baby!

He’s smart, amenable to simple taming and education, care for him and is not overly burdensome.

However, this is still a fairly exotic animalin the pet store it is unlikely to gain, and little ferrets are about the same as pedigreed puppies.

Hamster, Guinea pig, chinchilla and other rodents

I live in a cage do not require high costs, relatively simple in content. So many parents, hearing from the child, “I want a pet!”, direct his interest towards the small rodent room.

However, the rodent will not replace a cat or dog! He is not as smart, so the concept of “furry friend” is inappropriate here.

Although the need to care for a pet disciplinarum child, teaches him about whom to care…

Shouldn’t have small rodents for children up to 8-9 years old – a small child is unlikely to be able to gently take the animal in his hands, not pressing and not dropping it, and it can be deadly to the rodent!

And it is not necessary to put the cage with the hamster, chinchilla or rabbit in the nursery , since these animals are mostly nocturnal, at night they will actively rustle, scrape and disturb sleep owners!

Aquarium or terrarium

A small child as a pet fish does not perceive. They are behind glass, don’t make any sounds, the maximum sign their mind is moving with the finger, it’s impossible to play…

The same applies to the inhabitants of the terrarium (turtles, lizards, newts, etc.) – they can’t give the baby the illusion of communication!

But in 9-12 , the child may Wake up “scientific” interest in the content of the aquarium (you can also read on our website). He will read books about fish, keen to observe how the snail creeps, like a flock of fish is going to feed…

Support your young naturalist – the hobby is not too expensive and not too troublesome for parents!

Budgerigars, Canaries and other birds

The bird also uncooperative pet.

For the child it is important, therefore, not necessary to think that baby sleeping, the dream to day Sardinia kitten will be happy with the parrot!

It is worth remembering that birds are advised to get in pairs — the loneliness of a bad influence can lead to disease and even death!

A word of caution – in the daytime the bird would certainly chirp and make different sounds, so put the cage into a room with her child, where he sleeps and makes the lessons, not worth it.

But, of course, the decision about what pet for a child fits best, may not be the same for all children and parents!

It is necessary to take into account the nature of the child, his temperament, tendency… for Example, the child-phlegmatic with a passion to observe the life of a tiny Djungarian hamsters in a cage and the restless-the hot-headed want a playful puppy!

Author – Dasha Blinova, site

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