Sometimes I feel a bit guilty that my little only child will get lonely growing up without any siblings. Not quite guilty enough to have another baby, but just enough to consider getting her a pet of her very own.
The problem is that I’m not really a big animal person. I like animals just don’t really like the idea of one in my house, so we’re not doing very well on deciding what animal to go for.
My husband wants a dog but that is definitely not happening. Dogs scare me and they are far too much of a tie for a busy family who are all at work and school all day, and who like their sunny holidays abroad.
We’ve toyed with the idea of a cat, but I don’t want a catflap on my front door (yes slightly OCD I know) and no one is around all day to let a kitty in and out of the house so we have abandoned that idea for now. Maybe a nice idea if I ever manage to go freelance and work from home.
Hamsters are cute and pretty low maintenance, but I’m not sure where I would want to put a smelly cage in the house….yep, definitely sounding a bit OCD…
I suggested a fish or two, surely the most low maintenance of all pets, but Little H said fish were ‘boring’. So that put an end to that idea.
We’re now thinking that maybe we will buy a rabbit in the spring. They’re cute, cuddly and best of all they live outside! My only concern is…do I have to bring it inside in the winter?!
Whatever we get it’s got to be fairly small, so I loved this infographic from Petco when I saw it.
What is the best first pet for a child?
We probably won’t be going for a lizard or hermit crab, but hadn’t thought of guinea pigs.
What animal would my fellow mummies recommend for a 4.5 year old’s first pet? Would love to hear what animals other families have chosen.