Best Pets for Kids

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It can be hard picking out the right pet for your family. There are so many cute ones out there! To help you choose the best pet for your family, we've put together this list of the best pets for kids.


Dogs make great companions for kids and adults. Many dogs are mellow and relaxed around kids, and they enjoy being played with. However, dogs need a lot of care. They need to be trained, walked, bathed, and fed. This means you need to have the time and money to care for your dog. The breed of the dog is also important to make sure its behaviors are a good fit for your family.

Corgi dog running outside - Best Pets for Kids


Like dogs, cats make great furry friends and are playful. They too need care, but not as much as dogs. They are fairly independent since they give themselves baths, and you don't have to let them out for bathroom breaks. They can also be left alone if you're gone for the day or if you're on a short vacation. They do need space to roam and hide though. Cats also don't have the energy that dogs have, so they can't play quite as much. And, litter boxes are not the most pleasant thing to have in your home.

Cat taking a nap - Best Pets for Kids


They're so cute and fluffy! Rabbits are not unlike dogs and cats. They need similar love, care, exercise, and of course food. They can also be trained! You can teach them tricks and how to use a litter box. Be sure to feed them a healthy diet. They prefer fresh veggies, which may even inspire your family to eat healthy too!

Fluffy white rabbit sitting on bed - Best Pets for Kids


What kid doesn't want their very own Ninja Turtle? Although not as cuddly as a dog or cat, turtles are quiet and low maintenance, and they can tolerate handling. They also have long lifespans. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about losing your pet soon. However, you will need to be prepared to care for your turtle for a long time. Turtles also require a tank, and that can be expensive to set up. And then there's the potential for salmonella infections. That's definitely a scary thought! If you're considering a reptile for a pet, be sure to take the proper precautions to keep your family safe from these germs.

Box turtle eating raspberries out of person's hand - Best Pets for Kids


Fish can be an excellent choice for pets, and of course, the goldfish is our favorite! They don't require much attention or maintenance. They're quiet, and they don't take up much room. They're nice little underwater friends that have a calming aspect to them. One thing to consider, though, is their tank. Some fish can grow to be pretty big and will require a tank to accommodate their size. So choose your fish type wisely!

Orange goldfish swimming underwater - Best Pets for Kids

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can be tamed easily and like to be handled. Unlike some other small animals, like hamsters, guinea pigs are less likely to bite. There is a downside though. These cute little furballs require a lot of care. They need a cage, specific food, vitamin supplements, and other companions. So, if you're looking for a guinea pig friend, plan on a couple of friends.

White, orange, and black guinea pig roaming outside - Best Pets for Kids


Insects are definitely not the most requested pets, but they can be interesting and educational for kids. An ant farm is easy to set up and maintain, and it lets kids see the ants' busy activities. Bug houses for butterflies and ladybugs are also simple and enjoyable. Insects are a small commitment because of their short lifespans, and their habitats don't take up a lot of space. Just make sure they don't get loose!

Ant farm with ants and tunnels - Best Pets for Kids

Finding the Right Pet

Before choosing a pet, be sure to consider these questions. Can your family commit to caring for the animal for its lifespan? Does the pet fit your family's lifestyle and budget? Can you give the animal an appropriate environment? Do you have a vet? Is your family willing to do the work required in having a pet?

There are several animals that make good family pets. Choosing one that's good for kids can really be enjoyable. You'll love seeing your kids bond with their pets. Pets can also teach kids companionship and responsibility. Have them help feed and clean the animals and their environments. Having a pet can bring your family closer together.

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