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Which is the Best Small Pet for Your Family?

Looking for a great small family pet? There are many types that you can choose from.

September 16, 2021 5 min read
Which is the Best Small Pet for Your Family?

Adding a pet to your family is always a rewarding and fun experience that helps teach kids about empathy and responsibility. It's enriching to receive unconditional love from a pet. Here's a list of some small pets that might make a great addition to your family.


Parakeets are small pets that are a good choice for a family, especially if you have kids between the ages of 4 and 7. They are low maintenance and do not take up a lot of room. Children in this age group know how to be gentle and can even participate in their parakeet's care. Parakeets are affectionate and can even learn words. Engaging with words is a fun experience for children. Children can also participate in cleaning the birdcage and feeding. It's important to note that parakeets can live into their teens. In that respect, having a parakeet as a pet is a long-term commitment.

A Cute Crested Gecko Lizard

The gecko is a cool lizard and very soft to hold. The gecko is nocturnal, and it is best to see them at night or early in the morning. This little critter has feet that stick to glass. Young geckos require time to adjust to their environment. This adjustment typically takes around 3 weeks. They must be handled gently and not startled because they may lose their tails. It's known as tail drop, a defense mechanism that geckos use to ward off predators. Children can help mix the gecko's powdered food and set up a terrarium for them. It's important for children to wash their hands after handling a gecko, as they can sometimes carry salmonella.


Believe it or not, rats make very good small pets for a family. They are gentle, loving, and bond well with their owners. A pet rat can help your child understand structure and responsibility. For example, it could be your child's job to feed the rat before heading off to school for the day. Rats are very affectionate and love to cuddle. They also prefer to have a cage friend. So if you do get a rat as a family pet, it's best to get two. Children can participate in the care of a rat. They can feed them veggies and pellets, give them water and even clean the cage. For fun, children can set up mazes for the rats to explore and also give them things like paper toilet tubes to chew on. It's also easy to teach rats new tricks.

Finches and Canaries

Finches and canaries are flock birds, and they like being together. If you're going to get one of these birds, it's better to get two or three. When happy, a canary will provide you with a continuous song. On the other hand, finches do not sing. So, if you prefer a quieter household, you just might be better off with some finches instead of canaries. Both finches and canaries go well with children who prefer to observe instead of touching. Both of these pets are fragile and need to be kept away from other pets. Children can help teach these birds how to perch on their fingers. Children can also help feed the birds and remove the cage cover in the morning. Both of these birds have a long lifespan. In general, they live for approximately 10 to 15 years. If you're going to have these types of birds, it is a long-term commitment.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs make a wonderful pick aa a small pet for families. They are small and easy to manage. They are also very cute. They love to be around people and will interact and engage with you. They even make a small squeak when they're excited to see you. Long hair guinea pigs are exceptionally cute. They just need to have their hair brushed, so that it doesn't get matted. Children can easily participate in a Guinea pig's care. They can help keep the cage tidy and provide the Guinea pig with salad, pellets, and fresh hay. Guinea pigs are also very social, and it is best to get more than one.

Bunny Rabbits

Bunny rabbits are gentle and very loving. However, they do get nervous. You have to be calm with them and handle them with care. It's important to realize that bunny rabbits require a lot of attention and require a commitment of time. They are very playful and make good companions. They can be let out of their cages to play outside and explore their environment. Children can actively participate in the care of bunny rabbits. They can help clean the cages, provide fresh hay and feed the rabbit. Bunny rabbits live up to approximately 12 years, so you have to be in it for the long haul.

Dogs and Cats

Both dogs and cats make great family members. However, they require time and responsibility. For example, picking up poop may not be that enjoyable, but it must be done. Kids can take part in the care of dogs and cats. They could help feed them, take them out for walks and clean the cat litter. Dogs and cats are both long-term commitments because they live well over 10 years.

Bearded Dragon Lizards

Bearded dragon lizards are small, fun family pets to have. And they don't bite. They love to be held and interact with you. Just keep in mind that beer dragon wizards come with special requirements. They require special UV lighting along with the control of temperature. Children can help with changing the bulbs and feeding the lizard insects. These family pets can live up to 10 years.

Greek Tortoises and Terrapins

Green tortoises and terrapins are small and only grow to about 7 inches. They are also very friendly and interactive. Children can actively engage in the care of these reptiles. They can cut vegetables to feed them and help fill the water dishes. These reptiles have a long lifespan, and they can live for up to 20 years. As a result, they are a lifetime commitment.

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