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good pet for a 5 yr old?

You know, small, basic, etc. Has successfully kept a beta alive and well for some time now. Gerbil hamster... what is fun, smells the least, the most interactive? oh yeahhh and asthma friendly. So I assume no birdies? Haven't researched yet though

 
hibbingmom

Asked by hibbingmom at 2:08 PM on Aug. 21, 2009 in Pets

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  • I have a shih tzu and she is awesome! the breed don't shed, so its asthma friendly.
    Shih tzu's are friendly and tend to be great with young children. I have a 6 and 4 year old and I LOVE how my shih tzu is with them! I swear half the time she thinks she's their mother. I was concerned about having an animal myself as my son is special needs and has asthma to. I'm glad I did research on the breed, cause I feel in love with her!
    canfield22

    Answer by canfield22 at 11:26 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Guinea pig, dwarf bunny
    NicoR

    Answer by NicoR at 2:15 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Ferret
    NicoR

    Answer by NicoR at 2:15 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • I actually really like fancy Rats(they even come hairless(0: ) for small children. They aren't know to be big biters. They are very social so they stay near by. They are very trainable. Mine would come to a whistle and stayed on my shoulder while I walked around they house. As far as the asthma goes Rats do best in newspaper shavings rather than cedar which can be upsetting to asthma so that's good. Ferrets a re very smelly and fragile better for an older child IMO. Also IMO guinea pigs are loud and super mess and rabbits aren't very social. Gerbils are cute to watch but the escape like crazy! Mice are also fun but escape well. I have owned all of the above at some point or another.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 2:53 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • I think critters are gross. And they dont show love to your child. Get a dog.
    forevermom75

    Answer by forevermom75 at 3:01 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • on the contrary Rats are very affectionate. They like to cuddle and be help and played with. I had one as a teen that would even play fetch... They do have 'hypoallergenic' dogs though.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:39 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

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    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:39 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • i can't even keep a betta fish alive.
    staciandababy

    Answer by staciandababy at 3:46 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Personally I like little critters: my two faves have been rats and guinea pigs. Rats are smart and affectionate and will bond to their owner. The biggest downside is lifespan- you would be looking at the loss of a pet within 2-3 years on average. Right now we have two guinea pigs and they are great with my kids (ages 7, 5, and 2.5 years.) They do interact with the kids- they will squeak for food, they love to be petted, and they are extremely tolerant of being hugged, kissed, brushed, and generally loved on by the kids, even the 2.5 year old. With constant adult supervision of course! They also live a bit longer (5-7 years on average) which is nice. The downside: they have specific food needs. They need their pellets supplemented with fresh fruit and veggies as well as hay and you need to make sure they get sufficient vitamin C. Dh keeps saying the piggies eat better than he does. But they are worth it for us!
    Freela

    Answer by Freela at 7:52 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Just to add, unlike hamsters both rats and guinea pigs are social animals and will probably be happier in pairs... plus you get the added bonus of seeing the interaction between the animals, which is really fun. Just make sure you get two of the same gender to avoid babies! And if allergies are an issue, buy paper bedding rather than wood shavings. It costs more, but it lasts longer and it doesn't aggravate allergies (I'm allergic to all the wood bedding, but not the paper.) Plus it's better for the animals who are living in it! HTH a bit!
    Freela

    Answer by Freela at 7:55 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

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