what would be great frist pet for 3yr?
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Elfrieda - posted on 09/23/2012
Get a pet for yourself and let your 3 year old help feed it, learn to be gentle, etc. It has to be your pet because 3 is too young to care for another creature and you want to like it or it will just be a burden.
I think it's good for a 3 y o to have a pet in the house, don't get me wrong. We have a cat, and it's very good for my 2 year old. He helps feed it and lets it in and out of the house. But it's my cat, I've had it for 6 years.
So for ideas, I don't know. Birds have always freaked me out, but some people like to have a finch or two. (not very interactive for the little one, though, he'd just be able to watch it) Fish, a turtle, hamster, mouse, rabbit. The thing is, most three year olds are not the best at being gentle yet, and all of those pets are too small/fragile for unsupervised contact. You'd have to be hovering the whole time. It would tire me out, personally. I like knowing that if the cat is tired of my son piling blocks on her, she can just get up and leave. And she can scratch if he's really bad and pulls her tail. (only happened twice, but he totally deserved it both times)
It might be worth it to wait until your living situation is better suited to having a bit of a larger animal and in the meantime go to the park and feed the ducks a lot. Just my 2 cents.
Amanda - posted on 09/23/2012
My 3 yr old has a guinea pig. She's great with her. She likes to feed it, brush it, collect grass help clean it out.
My 4 yr had one as well but it died over the weekend, he's absolutely heart broken.
The piggies have made great first pets but they do need alot of supervision when the kids are handling them. We were lucky that both of ours have really placid good natured personalities.
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