What do you think is a suitable age for let's say an average child to start to have a small pet, with your average well meaning parents?

DreamWolf DreamWolf
Here I mean critters who can't let you know if they want anything like cats and dogs... Like birds, reptiles etc... And of course I mean here that the kid is capable of taking full responsibility and good care of the pet...
06/21/2013
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ICEE ICEE
IF the kid is responsible enough to handle the job of taking care of the pet then go for it. i know my 12 yr old almost 13 is ready yet lol
06/21/2013
Fluke Fluke
I think no matter what the pet you get, you will have to babysit your kid to some degree and make sure they are taking proper care of it. Having a pet as a kid was great, I wouldn't wait until your kids all of a sudden become responsible. I say if they want a pet get it for them and make them learn responsibility the hard way!
06/22/2013
Tiffany Pollard Tiffany Pollard
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Originally posted by DreamWolf
Here I mean critters who can't let you know if they want anything like cats and dogs... Like birds, reptiles etc... And of course I mean here that the kid is capable of taking full responsibility and good care of the pet...
I think that a child is enough of a pet on its own. Thats what I'll tell my kids.
06/22/2013
falalena falalena
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Originally posted by DreamWolf
Here I mean critters who can't let you know if they want anything like cats and dogs... Like birds, reptiles etc... And of course I mean here that the kid is capable of taking full responsibility and good care of the pet...
I think the best small pet for children is guinea pigs. They are very sociable, awake during the day, live up to 8 years, and do not bite. It is extremely rare for GP to bite! Other small mammals are usually nocturnal, have short life spans, and do bite. Just make sure it is considered "part of the family."

I wouldn't get a reptile for a young child. There is a lot involved with lighting, temperature, humidity, etc. A lot of adults can't handle reptiles, and for some reason they still get them.

Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research, including discussing it with a veterinarian. They will help you in your decision and setting up your pet's home. Most of the time these animals become sick is due to poor diet and husbandry.
06/22/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Tiffany Pollard
I think that a child is enough of a pet on its own. Thats what I'll tell my kids.
bahahahh, true enough!

How about a fish?

But, I really agree with Fluke on this, so no point in repeating what he said.

I grew up with pets & I had responsibility for them, but they were family pets & I think it's always going to fall on the parents to oversee what's going on. I agree reptiles are so mistreated I wouldn't even go there for a child, good call falalena! No one knows their child as well as a parent, it's a tough call because kids mature at such different levels.
06/22/2013
Chelynn67 Chelynn67
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Originally posted by DreamWolf
Here I mean critters who can't let you know if they want anything like cats and dogs... Like birds, reptiles etc... And of course I mean here that the kid is capable of taking full responsibility and good care of the pet...
I would say 8-10 yrs probably but it varies depending on the child's maturity
06/22/2013
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