If your home is anything like ours, you’ll have battled with requests for pets many times over the years – from the reasonable (a hamster) to the ridiculous (a baby fox – my daughter’s latest obsession).
But what pet would fit in with your family? If you find your resolve weakening, what type of animal should you welcome into your home? Who would best fit your daily routines and available living space? To help you, here’s a quick (fox-free) guide to choosing the perfect pet for your family.
How to choose the Perfect Family Pet
Confused over which type of pet to pick? Here’s a quick guide to potential animal housemates.
1) Why fish may be your perfect family pet
Fish are perfect starter pets for smaller children or for kids who have never owned a pet before. And while the obvious choice is to pick a goldfish, you may find that Betta fish are an easier pick.
Not only are these Siamese fighting fish much prettier, but they’re also easier to care for. Considered to be a low-maintenance fish, they don’t require filters, heaters or chemicals. Just make sure your kids don’t overfeed them!
2) Why reptiles may be the perfect family pet
Reptiles such as tortoises are also very popular family pets – if a little cold blooded and un-cuddly! Some tortoises can live more than 50 years (avoiding any painful pet death conversations) They’re also non-allergenic, and don’t need walking, which is always a plus on a wet winter morning.
Terrapins are a little more high maintenance than tortoises, but with the right research and care can make fascinating pets for children.
3) Why birds may be the perfect family pet
Bird are social, colourful and active, and can make for more exciting pets for children than a fish or tortoise. They also require much more time and patience (and make a lot of mess!) so make sure you can commit to caring for them before you buy one.
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