Monday 25 November 2019

Interesting pets your family will love

At one point or another, it becomes the case that your family will start clamouring for pets. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. In fact, there are plenty of strong arguments for wanting to have pets in your family, not least the fact that they provide some examples of early important life lessons to your kids. But the difficult decision of which pets to get is a challenging one, especially if you are trying to move away from the traditional choices. Let’s look at some of the interesting pets that your family are likely to enjoy having at home.

One of the great things about having a tortoise is how long they tend to live. If you look after a tortoise right, there is a chance that they will outlive you. That of course means that they can be a reliable companion to your children for their entire childhood, which is a lovely thing to be able to say. Tortoises are easy to look after too, so you could entrust your child with their care as a kind of early lesson in looking after a pet, and not have to worry too much. Geneally, you keep tortoises in a wooden ‘drawer’ with a UVA light and some simple climbing rocks, along with water for bathing.

If you thought the idea of having a tortoise was exotic, what about this: the gecko. This is actually becoming quite a popular pet for people to have these days, and there are many great reasons why that might be the case. They are pretty easy to look after, they’re crazily interesting to watch, and they provide you and your children with hours of entertainment. For a gecko you will need to look at a range of paludariums or terrariums, and you’ll have to find a good source of insects for them to eat.

The main fun thing about the parrot for children is, of course, their uncanny ability to imitate speech. This is not language, as such: they don’t know what they’re saying, they just have the ability to make the sounds humans make, along with any other sounds they might hear. All in all, however, it’s a fascinating thing for your children to come into contact with, and you’ll probably find they have great fun pretending to be a pirate too. Grab a decent sized birdcage and some millet and you are good to go.

Stick Insect
If you want to go for the truly weird, why not consider getting a stick insect or two? These can be kept easily in a glass cage, and they need very little to survive. You will be amazed at how much your kids are bound to enjoy staring at these little guys, and they really are a great introduction to pets. Plus, they don’t last all that long, so they’re not a huge burden - but they’re not cute enough that your children will be distressed when they die. It’s kind of a win-win.

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