As long as you are aware that it is really YOUR animal, you're ok. Even my 8 year old forgets!
Rabbits aren't so good--they have VERY strong hind legs and can cause serious damage when they kick. Frogs/fish/turtles are safe and easy, because they stay in aquariums. But you need a great filter system. Those dinky things sold in kits are horrible. yes, this is from experience. Kittens are dicey--some cats are AMAZING with kids when they grow up, while others are not. I have one of each! A puppy is great if you are willing to put in the effort that goes into training one. Remember though--those cute little lapdogs are often more fearful of young children, while the larger ones can harm your child simply because they don't realize how large they are. I have dogs, cats, fish, and guinea pigs. Honestly, the fish are the best for my kids. They feed them every other day, and that's about all I can expect.
at 9:37 AM on Aug. 9, 2010