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choosing a pet for your child

Updated on April 4, 2014

Why They Are The Perfect First Pet Choice

Choosing the perfect pet

Perfect Pet for Beginners

The best idea for a child’s first pet is to give him or her a hamster.

They are adorable and fuzzy little creatures but nonetheless appealing.

No matter what the size of an animal is, they all could be used as a means of teaching the value of love. The importance of finding the perfect pet is the experience that a child undergoes in taking care of it.

My First Pet

Not All Hamsters Are Equal

Differentiate Hamsters from Gerbils

Hamsters are different from gerbils in two very important ways. First, hamsters are more inclined to be solitary and that means they ideally live alone.

Syrian hamsters should not be placed in just one cage together with the others. They cannot share their domain to others without constant fighting.

Although, the Chinese and Russian breeds are able to live in pairs or groups, it should be done while they are still at a young age.

On the other hand, gerbils must live in groups so it will be so unkind if you keep only one as a pet. If this is the case, the gerbil will be lonesome and miserable.

Unlike hamsters, gerbils relish the idea of companions. When in a group, they will most probably spend a big part of their time cleaning one another and commonly sleep curled up together.

Your First Pet Hamster Care

Hamsters are generally trouble free. Their need for care is very basic yet still a good way for children to learn the importance of responsibility and elicits affection from them.

Mostly, caring for these little ones entail minimal chores. Naturally like any other living creature they need fresh food, water, and adequate air on a regular basis. Feed them well and provide them with potable water.

A good thing about them is that they you will have no problems with pungent odors since they do not have very overwhelming smell.

Compared to other animals, they do not shed as much. Despite of them being rodents, these tiny ones are fairly sanitary animals. But of course their cage would still require cleaning one to two times a week to maintain their cleanliness.

In order to tame a new hamster, offering those treats is an excellent approach. Initially, they tend to be timid and nervous but their curiosity would lead them to you.

Reach out your hand slowly inside the coop and allow them some time to sniff you at least twice day before you could actually start holding them in your hands.

Speak to them with a gentle voice. Be calm and patient in dealing with them. Soon, they will get used to your presence and will most likely start climbing onto your hand.

Another great thing about them is that they can be acquired at a minimum cost and caring expenses is not pricey.

What To Buy For Your First Pet Hamster

All you need to buy is an appropriate cage together with an exercise wheel for them. This is also the only thing that would produce a bit of noise. Not to worry though, hamsters will not stay on the wheel all night long and even that is really inconsequential so they are usually quiet.

Overall, whenever a child asks for a pet it is highly suggested that hamsters should be given to them. This will serve as a perfect pet for starting up.

Let the child take one step at a time. Once the child’s capacity to take on the task is established and they become very dependable that will be the time when you can start pondering on other possible animals that are suitable as pets.

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      Madeline 6 years ago

      What a great hub! A hamster was my second pet - after the carnival won goldfish that died on the way home - and I loved it. Yes, very destructive and certainly not for a young child. But great first pet - little work and responsibility and a good starting point.

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      PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes true. They are destructive little critters though. I lost several hundred dollars of equipment stored in my shed due to their appetite.

      The mice were delived by the cat in one piece and unfortunately lived to tell the tale. Although the original mice made their break for the great outdoors again, the children's mother decided to buy them some store bought mice as replacements. A recipie for disaster I am sure, given that we have 3 cats!

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      Nicole A. Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Aw! Poor mice, so sorry to hear about their demise. Yes, I think the plague did have some to do with that, 'though as a side-note, it was the fleas on the rats that carried the plague, not the rats themselves. Their tails are a little creepy for some people, too.

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      PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for your 2cents Nicole. Rats don't seem to have the same socially acceptable ring to them for some reason. Perhaps the bubonic plague put too many people off?

      But yes, our girls have mice as their first pets of their own. Not sure that was a very good choice - but the cat is to blame for that craze! Bringing home cute little presents lol

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      Nicole A. Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      PetMemorialWorld: Awesome hub, thanks for publishing this! I love hamsters, too, but I think rats actually make better first-time pets, if you can handle them. They're a bit more sociable than hamsters. Just my two cents, though.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I think they are watching to much animal planet and bindy he he , God only knows but they are adamant about a turtle however I have a few concerns as I am afraid that they are going to bore quickly as it is enough for them to play with those to playful, busy cocker spaniels but I do have to say that they are wonderful around children and we couldn't ask for better dogs. :)

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      PetMemorialWorld 9 years ago from New Zealand

      We don't have turtles here so they aren't something I have much experience with. They can live a long time I believe.

      Which TV program is to blame for this request ? lol.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Yes we do have a busy house , but it is full of love , frolic and fun. My daughter wants to get a turtle , what do you think about having one as pet? The pros and cons? I don't want to jump into it until I get information on it. :)

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      PetMemorialWorld 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow it sounds like a busy house :)

      Losing a pet is always harder than we admit. But the memories we share are precious.

      And we can take comfort that not a sparrow falls unnoticed by its creator.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Hamsters are absolutely adorable and I love when they run across the floor in there little ball, it is sad when they pass away as my kids have been heartbroken since Biscuit died. We do have 2 wonderful Cocker Spaniels and 3 Cockatiels and amazingly they all get along. :)