my cat is 16 years old and is sooo sick. we need to put him down soon. any ideas of a good pet for a 10 year old? i cant do any more cats or dogs. he is very good with animals he has a 50 gal. salt tank that he keeps running. the cat was a rescue and he has been a great little pet owner. birds make my little girl sick so cant do them and my weener dog will eat hamsters. any ideas.
what about a reptile, like a lizard, or would that be too weird for you?maybe a chinchila? they r very unique. if you want somethind low maintnents, you could always get a fish tank and pick out different kinds of tropical fish.
***Edited By: alexandra on 4/2/2005 12:18:48 AM*** Reason: added fish
my little dog has a big pray drive. she brings me mice from the field all the time so i wont let her go out there.i would feel so bad if she ate of my kids pets. my husband said we should look into a hedgehog.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal, which may be a con for a 10 year old. Pros: Quiet (unless you have a squeaky wheel), no body odor, they are very smart and most are very social when handled alot. Cons: poopy feet, not exactly a soft cuddly pet, finding a place that supplies mealworms and waxworms. Also they generally bond to one person. Oh, you also need to keep the room your hedgehog runs around in vaccuumed really well if anyone has long hair. I've seen a few 3 legged hedgehogs from having hair wrapped arond their legsd cutting off the circulation. :( They make an interesting unique pet though.
iguana let me tell you a story.. we got one when ty was three. he was a great little pet until last year we had to find him a new home he was 4ft from nose to tail but he was a great pet. we went to the pet store and he was looking at a uromastix if i spelled that correct. the owner said that they dont get large and they dont need as much cate as some of the others.
I have a hedgehog and they are very neat little creatures and easy to care for.....but, I don't know if a 10 year old would be happy with an animal that sleeps ALL DAY and is awake ALL NIGHT! Also, they are hard to caryy/pet/show off bc of their prickly things...lol. They could draw blood (BELIeVE ME I KNOW). Just be very very careful if you decide to go with a hedgehog!
Guinea Pigs are excellent pets, I raised them for quite awhile, I have also raised rabbits, hamsters, and birds. I have also owned an Iguana and Gerbils. Guinea Pigs however have excellent personalitys and are very affectionate GPs really develope a bond with their owners that can rival dogs and cats. Rabbits and other small rodents can also develop strong bonds with their owners. Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and hamsters can all be trained to use litter boxes. Of all of them rabbits are probably the cleanest. Birds are also amazing pets but I think you meantioned you couldn't have one of those... Iguanas can be good pets but are not for everyone. Igs require daily handling without it they can be somewhat aggressive. That along with specailized equiptment/ handling and the fact they can get really large can sometimes be more than children can handle. Probably your best bet would be a Guinea Pig or a Rabbit in my opinion.
***Edited By: bostonbabies on 4/1/2005 7:17:27 PM*** Reason: so many mis spelled words I give up!
a friend called me there was a photo place that used bunnies in easter pictures and he wanted to find a home for them we went to look at the only one he had left and it was love a first sight. she is all white and we just went out and spent 200.00 on her. dont tell my husband lol.