Research has shown that animal companionship is good for our health and wellbeing. Pets can have a particularly positive affect upon children. An animal can prove to be an object of great love and affection for a child. In addition, pets are often the first experience of responsibility for many kids. Moreover, the comfort of an unconditionally loving companion will be a memory that stays with a child long into adulthood.
Therefore, wherever possible every child should have a pet of some description. Obviously, allergies or other circumstances may rule some furry creatures out, but any little friend will be greatly appreciated and enormously loved by your child. Listed below are just some of the animals that could be the perfect companion for your kid.
Anybody that had a dog as a child will remember that first four-legged friend very fondly. Dogs can make excellent pets for children, because they are loyal, loving and typically very patient. Additionally, a dog can make a wonderful playmate, which is not the case with some less robust animals. Which breed of dog you choose, will very much depend upon the age and temperament of your child. For example, breeds such as the Labrador and Dalmatian are bundles of energy and enthusiasm that cannot get enough playtime. On the other hand, giant breeds like the Newfoundland or Mastiff are good with children of any age, due to their incredible patience and protective nature.
If you do not have the space, time or money to care for a dog, you may like to consider a smaller member of the animal kingdom. A rabbit is a very common children's pet. Usually, a rabbit's needs are simple and, therefore, they are reasonably easy to care for. In addition, they are very gentle creatures that enjoy being stroked. However, it is always advisable to ensure your child is not over exuberant in petting a rabbit and if you have more than one make sure they are the same sex, otherwise you could very quickly have many more rabbits than you bargained for.
Another small pet with relatively simple needs, the hamster, is a favorite among children. Being nocturnal, hamsters are ideal if the family is at work and school during the day, because your furry friend will only be active when you are at home. Unlike many small mammals, in their natural state, most breeds of hamster live alone, therefore, it may be the perfect pet if you are only looking to purchase one animal.
Rats or Mice
Despite their bad reputation in some circles, rats make excellent pets. They are clean, intelligent and extremely affection towards their human companions. Similarly, mice make great first time pets. If you plan to get mice or rats, bear in mind that these creatures are not loners by nature, therefore they need the company of their own species as well as humans.
A fish may not seem like an exciting pet and admittedly you cannot cuddle or stroke them. However, if you or your children suffer from pet allergies, fish could be the ideal solution. Moreover, it has been proven that fish can be very relaxing and effective in relieving stress and tension. Additionally, they are easy to care for and do not pose huge problems if the family plans to go away for a few days.
Of course, these are just a few of the pets that you may consider for your child. Alternatively, you might like to research more unusual animals, such as tarantulas, lizards or snakes. Nevertheless, whichever pet you and your child choose, you should ensure that it can be correctly cared for. Pets are wonderful, but they are also a long-term commitment, so be sure you are prepared for the long haul.