When I was still a young girl, I remembered that the fist pet that I ever had was a fish. I loved it and I took really good care of it every day. After my fish died, my grandfather gave me a small chick as a new pet because I was so devastated and sad from the death of my pet fish. It grew up to be a healthy chicken. But because one of our maid’s did not know it was my pet, we had fried chicken that night and I lost my pet.
Finally, when I was around seven, I got my first dog and she grew with me until I was nearing my teens. She died of old age and I loved her so dearly. Now it became a custom at our house to always have a pet.
Thinking for the best pet for toddlers can be tricky especially I f this is the first pet your toddler will get. But giving a pet for them to take care of can teach them very valuable life lessons in my opinion. This can also hone them to become more compassionate adults in the future because you were able to teach them these important life lessons:
This is the most important lesson that having a pet can give your kids. They will learn how to value and care for life. They will learn that each and every living thing must be taken care of and be respected as well. They will also learn empathy and compassion as their pet grows old along with them.
Caring for a pet also requires them to become responsible. They need to feed their pets, clean it and its home, care for them if they are sick or hurt and many more. They will understand that if they don’t take good care of their pets, it will get sick, run away or worse die.
Having a pet will teach your child to care for others. Not only for animals but for plants, people and even material things. They will learn that taking good care of others and the thigs around them will create a healthy and happy environment.
When they start to get a pet, they will have to create a daily routine that they need to follow. Let them create it on their own with the help of your guidance and supervision. This will teach them how to organize things in the future and will let them understand the importance of time.
When they properly care for their pets, they will see that their pets will grow to become big, strong and healthy. They will learn that the key to a healthy living is being clean and keeping ones’ self always healthy.
Now that you are convinced to buy your child their first ever pet, you are now tasked to choose the best pet for them. There are a variety of pets to choose from. But it does not mean that all pets are acceptable to toddlers. Listed below are some pets that toddlers can take care of.
Fishes are one of the easiest pets to take care of. They are the “starter pet” for any kid. You just have to give them the right food in the right amount. Since a fishes’ food is not hard to give, even little kids can do it. Just make sure that you help them clean the tank because fishes are very slippery and energetic when out of water.
Cats are great for kids who loves to nurture their pets but at the same time, has minimal attention span. Cats are not clingy and they usually go about what they do without having to bother you. They are bred to do things on their own but can socialize at the same time. Just be careful of their playful scratches and bites. And make sure that your kid is not allergic to it.
Turtles are a step up pet after a fish. They require more detailed needs as compared to your regular fish. They are great for older kids that can understand the needs of their pets. Having a turtle requires a tank with water, light, proper temperature and many more. So better pay close attention to what the pet store owner tells you.
Hamsters are a good stepping stone if you plan to buy a cat or a dog in the future. They are easy to care for that even toddlers can do it. Just be ready for the constant urine smell that it gives even though you frequently clean their cages.
Dogs are the type of pets that requires the most care among all domestic animals. They will also give your child the owner-pet bond that will forever be remembered by your kids. Of course, not all dogs can be taken care of by toddlers in general. That is why a big factor to consider is the type of dog that you can give them.
Birds are ideal for kids who love sounds and music. They can be colorful, active and can be very social when being taken care of. They are the perfect pets for kids who are dedicated to caring for animals. But make sure you do research before buying one. Each bird has their unique temperament that you need to consider. So best to choose a bird for its temperament rather than its colors.
Rabbits is another good choice to pick before buying a cat or a dog. Caring for them is as similar as caring for hamsters. The only difference is that it needs bigger space to ream around and its diet includes pellets, veggies and the likes.
Of course, not all animals are appropriate for toddlers. The likes of ants in an ant farm, amphibians like frogs, reptiles like Iguanas and lizards, arachnids like spiders and many others are a big NO-NO for kids. These pets require a more detailed and committed caring as compared to the abovementioned animals. Another thing is that these animals are not originally domesticated. This means that they can be prone to hurting someone, even its owners.
Choosing the best pet for a toddler requires research and knowledge. You must also remember that a pet of your kid is the pet of the whole family. So everyone needs to help out and pitch in once the newest member arrives.
First time mom to a beautiful three year old daughter. I am very open to new, fun ideas and ways on how to take care of my child. I also believe that "kids are way smarter than what we give them credit for."