Great Pets for Older Children

By Genie Fletcher | Submitted On June 28, 2016

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Thinking about saying yes to getting your tween or teen a pet? Older children can care for all kinds of pets with unique features and needs. Whichever pet they set their heart on, there are many important questions to consider before choosing one. Do you want:

~ A pet for companionship or practical reasons?
~ Indoors or outdoors pet?
~ To cuddle it?
~ A pet that stays in its habitat or roams around?

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you own or rent? How big is your yard, and is it fenced? Does your child travel overnight much? Does anyone living in the home have fears about or allergies to any animal? How much can you afford to spend monthly on pet supplies and pet care? Here are tips about seven pets you may want to consider.

1-2. Dogs, Cats - Animal shelters have plenty for adoption. Both make great companions but there are risks of injury from dog bites and cat scratches. Both need periodic immunizations, regular worming and ongoing flea prevention.

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Hamster or Gerbil - Pros and Cons of Each

By Genie Fletcher | Submitted On March 04, 2016

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Having a hamster or gerbil as a pet can be a fun experience but, before you make a decision, you should learn more about the pros and cons of owning each animal.

Are These Animals Friendly?


Even though gerbils and hamsters are popular pet choices, the latter is not too fond of captivity. However, gerbils will make great pets as long as you buy more than one. Of course you have the option to purchase a single gerbil but since they are social animals you should purchase two so they can bond with each other.

If you do choose to purchase multiple hamsters and gerbils, it is a good idea to purchase two males. Female gerbils and female hamsters are aggressive with each other, but gerbil and hamster males get along well with one another. If you choose to buy a male and female gerbil or hamster, they should not be housed together, especially at a young age. You may also be interested to know that hamsters breed quickly.

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