The best bet for a pet! As a parent, the question is inevitable “Can we get a pet?” If you and your rubber arm is considering it, the question then becomes, what type of pet best suits you, your children and your home?
This is a massive decision, and if you’re not happy with your choice you can’t just give the cuddly bundles of joy back for a refund, so before you even step foot in your local pet shop, it’s important that you do your research!
It all starts with you! Make sure you know what your needs are and find a companion that matches them. Some animals can live as long as thirty years so you will have to think about who is going to take care of them when the kids move out of the house? It’s a big commitment so make sure you know what you are in for. Other things to keep in mind.
When in doubt, dogs are always a popular choice and different breeds of dogs are child-pleasers for various reasons. There is a size and shape for everyone, but it’s still important to do your homework for what you can expect from a specific breed. Some dogs require more space and attention than others. It is not the dog’s fault when they chew up your furniture when they haven’t gone for a walk in days.
Exotic pets like chinchillas, snakes, bearded dragons and even tarantulas are becoming more popular. Birds are always great so be on the lookout for budgies or cockatiels. For younger children look for critters like guinea pigs, gerbils or hamsters, as well as a goldfish in a bowl and they are not too high on maintenance. On the more exotic side leopard geckos are quite placid and easy to keep. For older children you can start looking at more exotic pets for example snakes, bearded dragons and some bird species.
The reality is that you, as a parent, will have to carry much of the burden of looking after your new family companion. It will make your life much easier if you love the pet as much as your children do.
Adding a fluffy Pet or feathered friend to your household can be a wonderful thing. Pets can boost self-esteem and lower stress for everyone in the family, and they can teach your little one a lot about love and responsibility.
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For all your pet related questions, look out for the pet toy range and be sure to ask for Johan as he is most knowledgeable on the Best Pet for a Kid! http://animal-kingdom.co.za/fact-sheets/