If you have a child, they may have started asking you if they can have a pet. Now you’re not going to want to get something that needs a lot of work, especially if you don’t have enough time on your hands.
There are many child-friendly pets out there that are low maintenance and easy to keep. If you’re considering your options but aren’t too sure what to look for, here are a few ideas.
Cats tend to be the most common pet. They are very independent (depending on the breed you get.) While they love a good cuddle, they are equally happy doing their own thing, causing mayhem in the garden. Just lure them back anytime with a shake of their food bowl.
Snakes are a slightly more grown up pet but are surprisingly easy to care for. It’s best to start with a corn snake; they’re small and happy to live alone if regularly handled. Just be aware that their preferred food is defrosted mice – but the upside to this is that they only eat once a week.
These are super relaxing to watch, so perfect for a child who finds it hard to calm down at times. Most fish only need to be fed twice a day. There are loads of quirky aquarium shapes to choose from, so they can also be a stylish addition to your home. Nowadays you don’t even have to leave the house to buy your pet! Sites like www.aquaticstoyourdoor.co.uk bring your pet and supplies right to your door.
Fancy rats are definitely an underestimated pet. They are affectionate, intelligent animals that most children will find adorable. All they’ll need is basic rat or rabbit food, toys to play with and a big cage. Rats love living in pairs and will curl up in a ball together to sleep.
Grown-ups may not think much about the slimy snails chewing at their garden, but they are quiet and low maintenance pets that can be fascinating for young children to watch. Keep them in an airy container filled with moist soil and feed them scraps of veg from the kitchen.
Guinea pigs are super sociable and sleep for only a few hours each day – the perfect companion for a little person who has a lot of love to give. They don’t need too much space and are small enough to handle easily.
Similar to guinea pigs but smaller, hamsters make a cute companion for your children. Just make sure they have an exercise wheel and plenty of chewable toys to keep them happy.
Put a stick insect in a tank with a bundle of leaves, and it will exist happily like that. Just watch out for them multiplying – females breed all by themselves. They’re great for kids, who will enjoy the challenge of trying to tell the stick from the stick insect.