Hubby and I live in a condo. Although small dogs are allowed, I just feel like a dog is not a good option for a pet at this time. I would like to have our own house with a fenced in yard, before we get a dog. I also don't like cats. I hate dealing with litter boxes, and I refuse to get them a cat.
With all that said, what kind of small indoor pet would you recommend for boys ages 3 and 5. I want to get them something they can handle, feed, pet, clean up after. I don't want something that is too fast, so if it gets away from them I wont have to spend hours looking for it; chasing it around. I was thinking something like a frog, or maybe slow lizard (not an iguana, those things are fast). Hubby wants to get them a rat. Which would you suggest?
Answer by hihowareyou22 at 11:02 PM on Jun. 18, 2009
Answer by 3_is_enough at 11:21 PM on Jun. 18, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:36 AM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by melody77 at 1:04 AM on Jun. 19, 2009
Rats are the pocket pet of choice that I suggest for children. They are easy to take care of and very social. They are not nocturnal like most rodents, eat virtually anything and love being handled. I have many happy clients who have chosen a rat for their younger children. I suggest getting two, although not mandatory, they do like company.
Answer by equusvetgal at 7:18 AM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by pagan_mama at 9:28 AM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by lady-J-Rock at 10:45 AM on Jun. 19, 2009
Guinea Pigs are high maintance. They must have their Vitamin C regulated through diet. Vitamin C deficiency will create hair loss and can also kill them. They are prone to scabies and lice. Most people do not realize that GP food must be kept in cool dark place to prevent the breakdown of Vitamin C. The food has to be replaced and replenished daily. They are also noisy especially at night when young children are trying to sleep. Just some food for thought.
Answer by equusvetgal at 12:30 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by my2.5boys at 12:36 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by SarahColbert at 4:26 PM on Jun. 19, 2009