'Fickle' child - pet choice - gecko- hamster - cat - budgie -rabbit

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Hi all, DD had a hamster which died a few months back. We purposely did not get a new pet because we wanted to see what she felt she wanted next. I think a pet can be good for a child and DD loves animals a lot.

So far we have talked about:
*Rabbit (she is mad about rabbits but friends have said not a good pet for a child!)
*Budgies (my idea as always fancied one)
*Cat (kitten) my idea as we had cats as a child and they make lovely pets I think
Gecko (her idea) came out of nowhere last week!
*Hamster (I had one as a child and we had one recently and it was the most lovely hamster in the world!

Just not sure what to do.

Whatever we get will be loved and well cared for. Our hamster lived like a prince and DD and I cried buckets when he shuffled off this mortal coil.

Just not sure when DD started talking about them and I heard geckos can live for 15 years! I will be in 60s! DD will be leaving uni or qualifying as a plumber! It just seems a long time!

We have not considered a fish (had them as a kid) hate the smell, seeing them float in the tank and not knowing what is wrong, plus not so cuddly!

Not considered a guinea pig (had them as a child) they scare me a bit now!

Mice/rats/tortoise/snake/spider – all no go.

Any thoughts, please?

NatashaBee Mon 13-May-13 00:38:48

Which do you like? Because it sounds like you'll probably end up looking after it. How about some sea monkeys? they don't last long

Ha ha, good idea. I know it sounds heartless talking about how long they live but to be honest I was not keen on a geko in a tank! At least with a cat it can run about and meet other cats etc. It will be DDs pet but I will end up looking after it!

I kind of want the cat but I want it to be her choice. She has found a snail in the garden and is quite happy with that! But I feel a pet will be nice for us as a family too! her choice.

Maryz Mon 13-May-13 02:01:44

Get a cat.

Maybe not a kitten, but a slightly older cat (say a year or two). That way you will be rescuing one that will otherwise stay in a rescue, you will get an independent pet that will not care whether your dd likes it or not grin and you will get what you want, which is obviously a cat.

And they are the best pets ever as they need little looking after, can be left with just someone popping in when you go away and (best of all) don't need to have their cages cleaned [bleurgh].

I don't like the idea of geckos or other exotic "pets". It all seems a bit zoo-like to me.

NatashaBee Mon 13-May-13 11:27:30

If you get a gecko you will also have o look after the crickets before you feed it - they also need veg scraps and water. They're also really noisy unless you buy the expensive silent ones, and they're quite fragile so would need careful supervision when your child was handling it.

tabulahrasa Mon 13-May-13 11:41:11

Rabbits are great to watch, but need loads of room, trash your garden and aren't massively cuddly...nice to stroke though. Guinea pigs are easier because you can keep them in the house and are much better to handle. But they're less active than rabbits, they still do lots, but they don't get into as much mischief as rabbits.

All my hamsters have been bitey - either I'm rubbish at picking and taming them or I taste good to hamsters, either way, I've given up, lol.

Cats are more work than guinea pigs, but less than rabbits (can you tell I find being outside more hassle? Lol)

I've never had birds.

Just pick what you want to have/are happy to look after and tell your DD that's what you're getting her...if she's not got her heart set on anything, she'll be delighted whatever it is.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 13-May-13 19:14:43

As a vet and then choosing family pets I have considered all these options.
Rabbits are great for adults live lovely long lives when owned by adults. When owned by children are often difficult for children to handle get forgotten live much shorter lives.
Hamsters nasty bitty things if you a rodent get a rat they are awake during the day are social creatures who love to be with humans.
Geckos couldn't deal with whole feeding live food and if you feed to much the food can cannibalise the gecko.
Cats as long as remember that cats don't have owners they have staff they make great tiny dictators of your household. Seriously an adult cat is better as you can test it's personality with your DD.

Thanks so much, she still wants a kitten! I am happy too as I wanted a cat but I wanted it to be her choice!

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