Your thinking about getting family pet for your kids, but what are the best pets for kids? The first question to ask is this a pet for the whole family, or is this a pet for your kid? Family pets are generally have longer life spans and taken care of by the whole family like a cat, dog or bird. A pet specifically for a kid is usually considered their responsibility, has a shorter life span and is typically caged like a hamster, gerbil, or guinea pig.

Dogs and Cats make good family pets, while fish, gerbils, hamsters, and turtles tend to be good pets for kids to be in charge of.

Dogs
Dogs are one of the most popular family pets, and it’s no wonder with their cute faces, fun personalities, and loving loyalty. However there are many things to consider when getting a dog as all breeds are not created equal.

Cats
Cats are another one of the most popular family pets.  Smaller in stature than most dogs, cats are able to provide love and loyalty to their owners along with a degree of independence.

Birds
The budgie, or “Budgerigars” is a popular pet bird recommended for famlies. They are a type of parrot and are one of the most popular pets in the world. These beautifully colored birds come in many different colors and can live up to 15 years with proper care. They are very social and many of the males will learn to speak or mimic words.

Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are fun starter pets that are easy to care for and mellow but friendly. While they are still caged pets, they are nearly a foot when full grown so they’re larger bodies make it easier to let them out for play time with out needing to worry about loosing them as you would a hamster or gerbil. They are also more vocal then a small pet as they often grunt or purr to show you how they feel.

Hamsters
Hamsters are super cute with their puffy food filled cheeks, and come in a variety of breeds and colors. They have a nub for a tail which can be more attractive to some as they are less rat looking compared to gerbils and mice. They are loners, and will prefer to be your only hamster in the house and are nocturnal so they will sleep most of the day, and be more active in the evening and at night.

Gerbils
Gerbils are fun little pets that are very active and easy to care for. They are social and will prefer to have another gerbil friend living with them. They are not nocturnal, but sleep through a series of naps, so they can be active at night as well as throughout the day.