Is your child begging for a pet? Do they have their eye on a kitten, puppy, goldfish or a hamster? It can be tricky to make that all important choice of which animal to get. It depends on many different factors and your family circumstances:
- the child’s age
- what animals they might be fond of
- how much time they’ll be able to spend with their new best friend, etc.
Whichever pet you decide on, it’s a good idea to research in advance, so you know what you are letting yourself in for. If possible, I would recommend borrowing a similar pet for a few days to let your child have a go at caring for it before you commit yourself.
Other than the many different breeds of dogs and cats available, here are some other choices for a child’s first pet: