It’s a dilemma every family faces, especially if their little one is constantly nagging for an animal addition. So before making a decision on a family pet, here are the pros and cons on some of the popular pets that our preschoolers may desire.
 
Dogs
Pros – Your tot can develop a strong bond with their pet dog and can even have a friend when it comes to playtime.
 
Cons – Dogs require the most care of any domestic animal, which is something your tot is just not capable of yet. There is also danger when it comes to dogs too, despite how friendly your new pet can be, they can still bite. Make sure to never leave a dog unattended with your little one.
 
Cats
Pro – Cats are easy to manage as they are independent and able to look after themselves.
 
Cons – Your tot could be allergic to cats which sometimes only becomes apparent from them spending a lot of time with their pet cat. Strays hairs are dangerous too, as cats can scratch a lot during play.
 
Goldfish
Pros – The perfect starter pet for preschoolers who are brand-new to pet ownership. The goldfish can live up to several years in cold water with no heater or filter.
 
Cons- Accidents can happen especially with our tots and tiny goldfishes. Make sure your little one doesn’t overdo it on the fish food or even worse, feed them the wrong food.
 
Birds
Pros – Maybe not right for all tots, but birds are colourful, funny and can make great company for your little one.
 
Cons – Birds can live a long time and require a commitment from both you and your tot. Birds can be quite messy and difficult to manage depending on the breed.
 
Hamsters/Gerbils/Guinea pigs
All of these animals fall into the same category as they require the same type of care.
Pros – Pocket pets are perfect for families who want a pet but aren’t for a cat or dog. It’s ideal for families who aren’t in the home that much, as they are nocturnal and are only active during the night.
 
Cons – They’re smelly no matter how often you change their cages, the smell of ammonia can be annoying, especially if you neglect to clean their cage for a while.

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