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What Is the Best Beginner Pet?

Becoming a first-time pet owner is a pretty exciting experience, but it can also be quite overwhelming. There are various pets available, and some of them might require a lot of attention and time. To make it a lot easier, we strongly advise that you stick with a beginner pet at first.

When getting a beginner pet, be sure to consider the following options (some traditional and some unusual), and before you introduce the pet to your family and kids, just note that each one has its own needs and unique characteristics. Read On!

Dogs

A lovely puppy is apparently the most popular beginner's pet. Even though it's a beginner pet, you will still need to commit significant time to it (regular vet checkups, exercising, etc.) Remember that picking the most fitting dog is more than just looking at its eyes. Before you adopt or buy a dog, be sure to see if it's friendly and socialized around people. Every dog is different, but some of the best breeds for beginners are labrador retrievers, boxers, beagles, poodles, pugs, bichon frises, etc.

Rabbits

If you can supply them with enough carrots, then the rabbit is the perfect pet for you. Rabbits are highly intelligent and are pretty friendly once they get used to you. If you plan on getting a rabbit, an essential thing that you need to pay attention to is selecting an appropriate cage. These animals are skittish creatures, so they need plenty of coverage, especially when sleeping and resting. Also, rabbits need a partner of their personal kind so that they can be in good physical and emotional shape.

Cats

Next up on the list, we have kids' favorite beginner pet - kitties. Cats are fluffy living beans that are usually easier to own than dogs regarding medical cost and maintenance. They are also a lot more adaptable to the environment and are potty trained by nature. The only thing that they desperately need is a lot of hugging and attention. Depending on your preferences, you can keep the cat inside your house only or create a little cat flap so that they can get outside whenever they want.

Reptiles

Even though reptiles don't require a lot of maintenance, acquiring the right environment for their needs can be a pretty challenging and expensive job. You will be required to constantly see the temperature and adjust the heat lamp. A great benefit of owning reptiles is that they will live for quite a while. For instance, a famous plant-eating Russian turtle can live up to 60 years without any problems.

Also, reptiles require a lot of foliage, hiding areas, and ground coverings. Reptiles also eat live prey in order to survive, so if you aren't really into giving live bugs to a creature, then this isn't the right pet for you.

Birds

Birds are wonderful and majestic pets to keep in your house, but they are definitely a lot more annoying than reptiles. The main thing that you will need to pay attention to is to choose the right one. Birds can vary in numerous ways - some are pretty intelligent and quiet, and others are really friendly and loud. You must perform adequate research so you don't end up getting a bird that isn't suitable for your requirements.
The most affordable parakeet is the best beginner pet for kids that haven't owned a bird in their lifetime. More expensive birds like cockatiels and cockatoos are also wonderful pets, but we strongly advise that you avoid them because they will require more attention than the regular ones.

Fish

One of the most popular aquatic pets is the fish - it is extremely easy to care for, and they're completely safe for small kids. You can begin with a few goldfish and keep them in a small 20-gallon tank. As time goes and your kids are starting to know a little more about them, you can get an aquarium and invest in nice filters, rocks, pebbles, etc. The only task you will be required to do is feed them daily and make sure that you clean the tank at least once a week; this will increase the lifespan of your pet fish.

Conclusion

Keeping a pet can be a big responsibility, so if you aren't ready, we suggest sticking with some of the beginner pets mentioned above. This will help you get used to pets and prepare you for all the upcoming pets. Nevertheless, whatever pet you choose - make sure that you take great care of them and their cage. It's highly suggested that you supplement them with food and water at least 3 times daily.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dakota Newman

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