“Oh, he’s so cute, can we adopt him? Does this familiar refrain ring a bell? While welcoming a little furball comes with great responsibility, adopting a little playmate can be very beneficial for children’s development. But how do you know which animal would suit him best?
A companion at all times
Playmate, confidant, little fur ball for which you are responsible … There are only benefits to growing up with an animal for a child. As small as it is, this new family member is a responsibility your child is happy to take on, it teaches them how to take care of others and builds their self-confidence. A shock ally for the development of children, the pet becomes the confidant, the furry, feathered or scaled friend who brings comfort, which helps them to flourish and to come out of their shyness. But before these two become best friends, it’s important to choose carefully which animal you’re going to adopt. Among the list of pets, which ones best match your child’s temperament?
The guinea pig, the ideal companion
Easygoing, the guinea pig is a child’s best companion of all small mammals. A small, tender and affectionate ball of fur that easily attaches to its owner, the guinea pig is perfectly suited to children from 6 to 12 years old, whatever their character. Not very cautious, this small rodent native to the Andes Cordillera does not like heat or humidity. On the other hand, he’s not against taking a little walk from time to time to stretch his legs out of his cage. Children love to see him roam freely in their room (secure from any object that can be nibbled) or in the garden. Very talkative, which does not displease children, the rodent expresses itself with all kinds of little cries and purrs with pleasure when stroked.
The hamster, a pet for observant pre-teens
Always active, the hamster loves to climb, run, do acrobatics … generally at night. It is therefore better to avoid placing the cage of this noisy roommate in the bedroom at the risk of restless nights. While the hamster is perfect for teaching a child to take responsibility, it is still a fairly lonely and fearful creature who does not appreciate being handled. While it is not suitable for young children, pre-teens on the other hand appreciate its intelligence and love to observe it or build routes to satisfy its hyperactivity.
The dwarf rabbit, a furry blanket
Very affectionate, the dwarf rabbit is the perfect companion for children and adults alike. If the dwarf rabbit likes caresses and is fairly easy to handle, he remains a fragile animal and will prefer a little master with a gentle and calm character who takes care of him with delicacy. Sociable, intelligent and clean companion, the dwarf rabbit appeals more and more to families because it does not need a lot of space and requires little care, two very good points when deciding to adopt a pet. for the first time.
The mouse, original pet
If your child gets excited every time the little mouse passes by, imagine how happy he would be to share his room with her! At first shy, it takes a little time to tame the house mouse, but your children’s patience will soon pay off. Once accustomed to his master, this adorable little face accepts being manipulated and can even have fun walking along your arm. As cute as they are smart, the house mouse is quite easy-going, it likes to play in its cage and appreciates human contact. It is suitable for children who will however need to take care of it gently.
A goldfish, not necessarily red
Unlike your child, you are not quite ready to welcome a pet into the house just yet. Choose the perfect compromise: freshwater fish. It does not make noise, does not smell bad and the presence of an aquarium in a home is often synonymous with well-being and relaxation. If the goldfish remains a classic, why not opt for other more colorful species? However, care should be taken to learn about the needs of your fish in terms of diet, aquarium size and cohabitation with other species. Children can be left to decorate the aquarium so that Bubble feels there … like a fish in water.