Starter Pets For Children

Children love all types of animals. When you take them to
the zoo, they want to see all of them – elephants, monkeys, giraffes, bears.
But what will you do when your child asks you if they could have a pet?
Getting your child a starter pet could be helpful as it
could teach them responsibility. Say for example, you choose to win your son a
goldfish at the local carnival. They can live up to several years in a bowl or
a tank, and without a filter or heater. Just have them keep the tank clean and
feed them when necessary.
Also, an ant farm is also something that young kids would
like to have, especially since they don’t have to do anything with it. They can
sit and watch the ants dig their way to other areas. It is entertaining for them
and can get them interested in how it can be done.
Pocket pets could also be a good learning lesson for taking
care of a pet. Gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats and guinea pigs are termed pocket
pets. They need to be handled gently by your children and they often last a few
years. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates
that is costs about $300-$635 a year to maintain a pocket pet (
Rabbits and birds are also fun animals to have, but rabbits
take a little more maintaining and can cost a little more per year in feeding
them, cleaning their cage and so on.
No matter what pet you attend to adopt, you should teach
your children that they should make a lifetime commitment to any animal that
joins your family. They are great to have around and are always happy to see
If you have any questions in regards to adopting a pet and
want to check with one of our great veterinarians, please call us at one of the
Bregman Vet Hospitals. 

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