What would a good small pet for my 8 year old?

My 8 year old has been begging for a Small Pet (hamster, mouse…..) I want to get something that she can feed and clean up after herself. I’m trying to show her what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. I also want something that will stay alive for longer than 2 weeks. Any ideas would be great! Thanks!

Hamster or guinea pigs. I pluralize guinea pigs because they prefer to live with buddies. i, personally, would suggest guinea pigs over hamsters because i’ve had them since i was six. They have a cheerul personality and love to be cuddled. I’ve never own a hamster but the ones i have known were very unfriendly and liked to bite. Guinea pigs live for about four to six years so they are great pets for an eight year old. I do not suggest mice, rats, or gerbils because they are wicked fast and hard to catch. Good luck and hope i could help!

By the way, if you do get a guinea pig, check your local shelters because you don’t want to get a pet store guinea pigs. I have seen some in horrible condition at Pet Smart.

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7 Responses to What would a good small pet for my 8 year old?

  1. Bunny says:

    me personally i live rabbits for a 8 year old i would suggest a dwarf rabbit of some sort but buy one the is 8-12 weeks old
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  2. I Love Guinea Pigs says:

    Hamster or guinea pigs. I pluralize guinea pigs because they prefer to live with buddies. i, personally, would suggest guinea pigs over hamsters because i’ve had them since i was six. They have a cheerul personality and love to be cuddled. I’ve never own a hamster but the ones i have known were very unfriendly and liked to bite. Guinea pigs live for about four to six years so they are great pets for an eight year old. I do not suggest mice, rats, or gerbils because they are wicked fast and hard to catch. Good luck and hope i could help!

    By the way, if you do get a guinea pig, check your local shelters because you don’t want to get a pet store guinea pigs. I have seen some in horrible condition at Pet Smart.
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  3. jeff says:

    Maybe a fish.
    If you are unsure, you could always go down to your local pet shop and ask them what type of pet would be appropriate for a 8yr old boy.
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  4. Bittersweet says:

    A rat or a guinea pig.
    Please don’t turn your nose at this suggestion. Rats are extremely friendly and cleaner than people give them credit for and are pretty intelligent and curious. They LOVE interaction with people and don’t bite. Alot of the cuter small animals can really hurt an 8 year old. Most hamsters bite, a bunny/rabbit can scratch your kids eyes out with thier hind legs, mice usually bite. The only other small animal that doesn’t bite in my opinion is a guinea pig. They’re a bit larger and have little squeaks, nervous but also a good kid’s pet.

    Also a downside to hamsters and mice they can be scared/stressed to death. And it would be hard to teach a little kid that he can’t touch his pet because the pet will die.
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  5. Pinkpandas96 says:

    I recommend a hamster, because that’s what I had. They’re very nice, friendly and cute. However you have to clean the cage every week and that’s kind of a big responsibility for an 8 year old, so try helping her sometimes. They also need to be fed and their water bottles need to be filled up every once in a while. But before you make a decision, read books about them so you can get more information.

    Good luck,
    Kelly
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  6. Jody Hill says:

    Hello,
    Get a hamster. Hamsters are easy to look after IF you look after them properly! Don’t get a fish because you can’t play with fish’s and your child will get bored of it in no time. A hamster is best to get as you don’t need any room outside or any grassy land. The only thing you need with a hamster is a darkish, quite room for your hamster to live in! Also a hamster only costs around £6.00 – £7.00!

    Tips on looking after a hamster:
    - Buy a male hamster as male hamsters are less smelly than females!
    - Buy a Golden hamster, not a dwarf as dwarf hamsters are less obedient!
    - Buy a golden coated hamster as they are more tame
    - Buy a hamster when its 3 – 5 weeks old
    - Buy a hamster that sits comfortably in your hand and doesn’t hesitate!
    - Buy a hamster cage with tunnels and tue in it as hamsters burrow through holes in the wild and this will be better for the hamster!
    - Buy your hamster dried hamster food from a pet shop
    - Do NOT feed your hamster cereal such as muslie because this contains sugar, and the sugar will make your hamster hyper and the sugar will rot the hamsters teeth!
    - Give a portion of fresh fruit or vegetables EVERYDAY to give your hamster vitimins!
    - Give your hamster some flavoured wood to chew on.This will stop your hamsters teeth from growing to long! You can buy this from your pet shop, do NOT use a random piece of wood as this is untreated and can give your hamster nasty splinters!
    - Put toilet roll tubes in your hamster cage for your hamster to play with and chew on
    - Put fresh food and water down for your hamster everyday, even if your hamster hasn’t finished its water, food and fruit/veg.
    - Clean out the hamster cage once every week. Lay down saw dust that you can buy from your pet shop and clean the hamster cage and food dishes with special hamster friendly cleaner (which you can also buy from your pet shop)
    - Buy an exercise ball to put your hamster in when you clean out its cage (you can but this from a pet shop)

    When you first bring your hamster home, the hamster will not be used to the enviroment, so it might act a little scared and jumpy. Dont handle your hamster straight away as it will give you a bite as it is unaware of your scent at this moment, it bites you because its protecting its self. To gt the hamster used to you, this will take a couple of days. Hamster cant see things from far away, so gradulaay approach the cage. Let the hamster sniff your finger, and gently stroke it. In no time you and your hamster will have bonded, and there will be no more bits, unless you scare your hamster (it will bite you as it is protecting its self).

    Hamsters will sleep during the day and wake at night. But will wake up certain times of the day. When your hamster is asleep, do not wake it because it will get frustrated and angry and may even bite you if you approach it.

    Well i hope i helped you!

    P.S. – only have one hamster in each cage! they will fight and probally will eat each other! – honestly!
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    i researched loads of things on hamsters ages ago (but my mum n dad wouldnt let me have one coz weve got no room!)

  7. Harold Keena says:

    A guinea pig definitely. They smart, cute, and it’s the best choice for kids.
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    http://www.petsads.us/category/644/Guinea-Pigs.html

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