If you’re considering getting a first pet for your child, it’s important to research child friendly first pets so that you choose something suitable for your child.
Many things have to be considered when choosing a pet for a child, but the most important is how much care they need and whether you’re happy to get stuck in if your child can’t care for it independently.
Here are 8 child friendly first pets that your child will love, and learn a great deal of responsibility from looking after.
1. Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are, without a doubt, one of the most child friendly first pets.
They rarely bite, can be very playful and can get quite attached to their humans, squeaking with excitement as you enter the room.
They don’t like to be alone, so get a pair of females (as males, unless from the same litter, can fight terribly), a good-sized hutch and a large run.
Do be aware, though, that they can live up to 8 or 9 years, so they can be a big commitment.