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My kids have been begging us to get a pet recently, but my husband and I have had some reservations about finding the right one. We are not interested in a cat or dog right now, so I have been on the lookout for some unique pets that are low maintenance and suitable for a household with young kids. Keep reading to see our top contenders.
Unique Pets for Young Children
Guinea pigs are great choices for young kids for many reasons. First, they generally don’t bite, so that makes them a safer choice than other more aggressive animals. Furthermore, they are fairly low-maintenance and don’t require a big investment of time or money to keep them healthy. The typical lifespan is between 5-8 years. You could even get a large hamster wheel for your guinea pig to get some exercise.
Turtles are another popular pet for young kids – and one that we are strongly considering purchasing. Turtles are adorable and relatively easy to take care of, as long as you’re prepared. A turtle’s environment must be well-maintained, as they spend the majority of their life in the water. Most turtles do well with a terrarium with a turtle tank topper and it’s generally to pick a tank that’s generous in size. Be sure the water & air temperature is kept within the recommended range (close to 86 degrees Fahrenheit).
A canary is another smart choice for a pet lover that is looking for a bit of interaction. In general, canaries do not like to be held or handled- they prefer to stay within the comfort of their cage. Since canaries require very little maintenance, they are a smart choice for a busy family that’s always on-the-go. Under adult supervision, children can still help with feeding and care.
When I was a kid, I pet-sat a friend’s rabbit one weekend and I look back at the experience with much fondness. There are numerous rabbit breeds to choose from. Rabbits do not typically bite and are generally very friendly animals. I also love that rabbits are quiet animals and can even play with rabbit toys!
I’d love to hear from you. Are you considering a non-traditional pet for your family? Have you ever had a pet turtle or pet rabbit?