Caring for a pet is fantastic entertainment for children, and it can be a good way to teach them to take responsibility.
The questions we all have are whether it will not make the house too dirty, whether they will know how to take care of it, whether they will forget their responsibility after a week…
I’ve found a list of animals that can do the job we’re looking for without making too much of a fuss. It’s always a good idea to consult a specialist, of course.
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Here are some easy ideas to care for pets:
9. Hermit crab.
We start with an exotic one. Although it sounds strange, these crustaceans can survive very well in a terrarium and only need water and a little food. They are more lively than we might expect, and have an interesting habit of changing their shell when they grow up. Therefore, one of the activities with our little ones will be to look for shells for the different ages of the crab.
Some become too large as they grow, but there are breeds of lizards and geckos that are very well behaved and require little care. Although they are very delicate as babies, if they manage to grow a little, they will be resistant and active pets for a long time.
7. Small birds
If the children are quiet, they will be able to take care of a small bird (like a canary) perfectly. Changing the water, food and cleaning the cage from time to time is enough. Important to note the sound the bird makes: canaries are nice but they sing a lot. On the other hand , a parakeet is quieter , but when it screams it can be annoying.
6. Small rodents
A hamster, a gerbil… They are cute and sociable, and require care similar to the previous examples. Apart from a wheel for them to exercise, it is important to keep an eye on them if they are out of their box, as they love to get into small holes.
5. Guinea pig
Unlike the previous rodents, their size will allow us to set them free without fear of them escaping or hiding forever. They are a good intermediate step, before acquiring an older pet (such as a dog or cat), as their fur requires some care and cleaning.
4. Beta fish
Beta is a type of fish that lives best in simple facilities. They do not require a huge aquarium or water filtering, cleaning the tank and changing the water from time to time is enough. They can be combined with a water snail and are available in many different colours. Important: Buy only one. Two in the same tank will fight to the death.
3. An Adult dog
Taking the step to a dog is not a foolish thing to do. Although puppies are more tempting because of how cute they are (here’s why), an adult dog will respect children more and require less care. Besides, if you go to a shelter for your puppy, you’ll be doing something good and setting an example for your children.
2. An ant colony
They were in fashion in the 1950s, but they’re still a spectacle of nature. Facilities are sold ready for everyone at home to see how an ant society is organized and built. Perhaps they are too delicate for very young children, but with a little supervision and teaching them to respect their environment, it is a very interesting option.
1. Small snakes
Don’t panic yet! There are small and, of course, non-poisonous snakes that can be perfectly accustomed to the life of a family. You will have to consult a specialist which one suits you best, and prepare a seamless terrarium so that it does not come out accidentally. However, they are carnivorous, so they would not be a good combination with the hamsters from a few points above.
Which one is more convincing?