Top 4 Small Pets Perfect For Kids

August 18, 2015 - 2 min read

If your family is looking to get a pet to join your home, but not sure what type of pet will best suit your family, then look no further. Here are 4 pets that will fit right in with any family, including one with young children.

Siamese Fighting Fish

If you are looking for a pet your kids can take care of themselves, a Siamese Fighting Fish requires nothing more than a sprinkle of food once a day.
Needing nothing more than a fish bowl as a home, Siamese Fighting Fish are beautiful to watch with bold colours and elegant flared tails. It is best to have just one Siamese Fighting Fish, as they can be very territorial.
Where to buy: Aquarium store or pet shop stocking fish.

Guinea Pig

Perfect for children around the age of 10 years of age and upwards, but to ensure they are properly cared for, guinea pigs will require some attention from an adult.
Guinea pigs require a fairly large cage, including an outdoor and indoor section. Your child will need to remember to regularly refresh bedding and to provide fresh food and water twice a day.
These cuddly creatures require frequent interaction and will form close bonds with your child in no time.
Where to buy: Adopt from an animal welfare association or purchase from a breeder.

Giant Burrowing Cockroach

Although this potential pet may make you squirm, giant burrowing cockroaches make brilliant, minimal care pets.
Growing up to 80 millimetres in length, giant burrowing cockroaches only require a small glass or plastic tank with a sand base, topped with a variety of wood, bark and leaves.
They generally do not mind being held, and may softly hiss when stroked gently. They do not bite but their powerful legs may feel a little sharp.
Where to buy: Your local pet shop should be able to advise you on where to purchase.

Budgerigar (Budgie)

A favourite small pet among young and old, a budgie can be trained to imitate speech and if gently trained, perform tricks!
When you select a home for a budgie, ensure you pick the largest cage you can accommodate. Keep your pet happy with a variety of perches and toys.
They will require fresh food and water daily plus worming once every 3 months.
Where to buy: Adopt from an animal welfare association or purchase from a breeder.

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