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January 3rd, 2008, 07:57 AM
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What do you think is an appropriate age for a child to have their very own first pet?
(With your help in caring for it, of course)
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January 3rd, 2008, 08:15 AM
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That depends on what the pet is. Our dog we got really for Brandon but of course we would be taking care of him. We did that before Brandon was even born! We plan on getting Brandon a guinie pig or something along those lines when he's 8 or 9 depending on his maturity level but that will be it. We have the other dogs and the cats but I take care of them. It depends on what type of pet you're talking about as well as the maturity of the child. But as a general rule I'd say 7-9.
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January 3rd, 2008, 08:21 AM
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The reason I ask is because a friend of mine just got her 3 year old daughter a guinea pig as her very first pet... Granted, she basically takes care of him for her, or stands over her shoulder as her daughter does it, but I wondered what everyone thought as far as age appropriateness.

Connor & Hayden will be allowed to have their own pets when they are older, I am thinking in the 6-8 year range, and I'll limit their choices to guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits... or even a lizard. I don't want a snake slithering around, and I refuse to allow them fish - I always end up killing them!
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January 3rd, 2008, 08:36 AM
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I'd say between 6-8 for their own pet.

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January 3rd, 2008, 09:09 AM
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Yeah at 3 it isn't their pet, well it may be but it's their pet that mom or dad takes care of which is no different than having a dog or cat as a family pet IMO LoL. The recommended age for guinie pigs, hampsters, mice, and the like is 7 if you go to the stores and buy them and rescues typically will say 8 if they are coming from a rescue. My son is 6 right now and he's gentle with the animals 99% of the time, but yeah there are times that he will get too rough, I wouldn't let him have something that small at this point and be responsible for it too and I sure can't imagine having done it when he was 3!
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January 3rd, 2008, 11:51 AM
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lol Can I chime in on newborn? ha ha no really I agree when they are really young it's more or less a pet mom and dad takes care of. But they can s till get lots of fun out of it. Monte who is 15 months has 2 horses, a few dogs, and his bottle baby goat as his pets. LOL The only one that came along after he was here was the baby goat.

Honestly I'd judge by the individual child, and how mature they are as to whether they can take care of it all on their own.
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January 3rd, 2008, 12:13 PM
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Monte who is 15 months has 2 horses, a few dogs, and his bottle baby goat as his pets.[/b]
Can I come back in my next life as your daughter? LOL Lucky little boy!
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January 4th, 2008, 12:11 AM
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I dunno..lol I have so many pets, DS and New baby wont need one. We've already got 2 dogs, a cat, 2 birds, 4 aquariums....one with turtles.

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