8 Child-Friendly First Pets That Are Safe and Fun ...


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

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.

2. Ants


Ant farms are still reasonably popular, and with good reason.2

If your child would be more interested in watching an in-home nature show than cuddling a furry animal, an ant farm is ideal, although younger children will need assistance with feeding and cleaning.

3. Small Birds

Small Birds

Canaries, finches and many other small birds make fantastic pets for slightly older children.

All they need is a cage with toys and flying room (kept clean, of course), and fresh food and water.

4. Hermit Crabs

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs probably aren’t a pet that many people have considered, but they are both interesting and low maintenance.

They require fresh food and water, and a misting of water to keep them moist.

A tank with gravel at the bottom does fine for a home, but they will regularly molt and require larger shells.

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