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Sarah Russo2 years ago

Which small pet is best for your family?

Are your kids nagging you for a pet? Many things need consideration before picking the best pet for your family, including space available, the age and maturity of your kids. If you don’t have the space for a dog or are allergic to cat’s, a smaller pet such as a rodent, fish or insect may be the right pet for you. ​​Whether you are after a minimal care pet your kids can look after themselves or something requiring a little more attention, we have researched the top small pets suitable for children. Read on to find out which animal best suits your family.

Siamese Fighting Fish

If you are looking for a pet your kids can take care of themselves, a Siamese Fighting Fish requires nothing more than a sprinkle of food once a day.

Needing nothing more than a fish bowl as a home, Siamese Fighting Fish are beautiful to watch with bold colours and elegant flared tails. It is best to have just one Siamese Fighting Fish, as they can be very territorial.

Where to buy: Aquarium store or pet shop stocking fish.

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Guinea Pig

Perfect for children around the age of 10 years of age and upwards, but to ensure they are properly cared for, guinea pigs will require some attention from an adult.

Guinea pigs require a fairly large cage, including an outdoor and indoor section. Your child will need to remember to regularly refresh bedding and to provide fresh food and water twice a day.

These cuddly creatures require frequent interaction and will form close bonds with your child in no time.

Where to buy: Adopt from an animal welfare association or purchase from a breeder.

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Giant Burrowing Cockroach

Although this potential pet may make you squirm, giant burrowing cockroaches make brilliant, minimal care pets.

Growing up to 80 millimetres in length, giant burrowing cockroaches only require a small glass or plastic tank with a sand base, topped with a variety of wood, bark and leaves.

They generally do not mind being held, and may softly hiss when stroked gently. They do not bite but their powerful legs may feel a little sharp.

Where to buy: Your local pet shop should be able to advise you on where to purchase.

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Budgerigar (Budgie)

A favourite small pet among young and old, a budgie can be trained to imitate speech and if gently trained, perform tricks!

When you select a home for a budgie, ensure you pick the largest cage you can accommodate. Keep your pet happy with a variety of perches and toys.

They will require fresh food and water daily plus worming once every 3 months.

Where to buy: Adopt from an animal welfare association or purchase from a breeder.

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Whichever pet you choose, you will need to make sure you know where to go in case they get sick or injured. Check out these vets in the Gosford area.

Stella Street Veterinary Clinic

Open 6 days a week with a 24-hour emergency call service, Stella Street Veterinary Clinic aims to provide the best possible treatment for your pets. Whether your pet requires a check-up, surgery, vaccination, training or somewhere to stay while you go away, the Stella Street Veterinary Clinic has you covered. For all your animal care needs, call the team or pop in today!
Where: 16 Stella Street, Long Jetty NSW 2261


Bateau Bay Veterinary Hospital

Offering services 6 days a week, Bateau Bay Veterinary Hospital offers a range of care for both cats and dogs. Stocking a range of animal care products, the team can offer advice on a variety of problems including flea control and dietary needs. Whether your four-legged friend needs treatment or just a general check-up, Bateau Bay Veterinary Hospital has your pet’s health covered.
Where: 51 Wyong Road, Killarney Vale, NSW 2261

Not in the Gosford area? Click here to find a veterinary clinic near you.


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