ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top Five Best Pets for First Time Pet Owners

Updated on October 1, 2017

Best First Time Pets

If you have children who have started in on the "Can we have a pet?" routine you may be wondering where to start, this article may help you find the best first time pet for your little ones. This can be a difficult decision to make, a lot of it will depend on what your child decides they prefer but its always good to have an idea of what your looking for before you make that trip to your local pet store.



Rats are at the top if this list for a reason, they are one of the best pets for children or a first time pet owner of any age. A healthy happy rat will not bite those tiny fingers and will instead offer snuggles and kisses. Rats can also be taught tricks if you have the patience to train them, they are the most dog like of all the pets on this list and will delight both you and your children with their antics. They will hang out on your shoulder and the males will grow up to become big snuggle bugs while the females will be more active and curious, wanting to crawl all over you and their environment if you let them. Rats are highly intelligent creatures and will actively seek out your attention. Rats are the most interactive pets on the list and you won't regret bringing them into your life.



Gerbils are fun little pets who also have a low bite risk, if handled daily they will get used to being picked up and will want your attention. They prefer shoulders to ride on and are a little bit more squirmy than other small pets so interaction may need to be supervised at first. Gerbils love to dig so a nice big fluffy bedding will make them happy and keep you entertained with their tunneling and digging around. Gerbils will also enjoy running around on a wheel, almost as much as hamsters.


Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs don't often bite and are great fun to watch. They make a whistle like noise and can't jump. They also should never be put inside those plastic running balls for rodents and shouldn't be expected to run on a wheel. Guinea Pigs spines do not bend backwards so forcing them to run around in a ball or trying to get them to run on a wheel can injure their spines and could potently kill them. They can be kept in small groups and make fun fluffy snugly pets when cared for properly. A well cared for guinea pig will delight your family with its antics and all the various noises they make. Sometimes guinea pigs kept in small groups will "whistle" together almost as if they are singing.



Hamsters are cute and popular as far as small pets go but they are notorious for being biters often when unprovoked, even when handled as babies there is still a chance they may bite as an adult. I have met a hand full of hamsters who were sweet and never bit but statistically they have the worst bite reputation of all the pets on this list. They like to tunnel and dig around in the bedding so they do make interesting pets if you can get around their reputation. They come in many different colors and even in different coat types. They like to ride around on shoulders and will stuff their cheeks full of food which can be very entertaining to watch. They can make decent pets of care for correctly and handled with respect.


Fish are decent first time pets though I don't recommend gold fish unless you want to run a full 10 gallon tank for just a few fish. Gold fish are messy fish and will require more maintenance than most people want to put into them, hence why parents are often seen at pet stores searching for an exact replica of "Goldie".

Betta Fish, are easy to care for and are very tough, they can take quite a bit "neglect" before they suffer the same fate as poor "Goldie". Contrary to popular belief these fish need more space then just a tiny "Betta bowl" A 5 gal. tank should be the minimum size of aquarium for your fishy friend. Betta Fish are also fairly entertaining, they will fan out their fins and strut around their tanks as if on patrol and may occasionally try to pick a fight with their own reflections.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)