Most kids love pets and that’s a fact. Something about animals just attracts a child’s attention, they spur on their creativity, and they provide kids with countless hours of fun. If you have a child that can talk, then you have probably experienced their pouting and begging for their first pet. You may be a little weary of getting your child a pet.
Maybe it’s because you’re worried about their dedication to it, how much it’s going to cost, or how much time it’s going to consume. Well, one of the best first pets for kids is the fish. The fish is a simple, elegant, and fun creature to have in the home no matter what, and they make for especially good first pets. Let’s talk about the 4 biggest reasons why fish are great first pets for kids.
1. Easy To Take Care Of
One of the biggest concerns that parents have with getting their young children pets is the time it will take to take care of them. You do need to be aware that a really young child is not going to be doing much of the heavy lifting. Sure, if your child is a little older you can definitely teach them to start taking care of the pet in question, but this is not easily done until they reach a certain age. In other words, you will probably be doing most of the maintenance work for the time being.
All of that being said a fish like a Betta fish is extremely low maintenance, which will serve both you and your kids very well. Even if you are going to be doing most of the work, there is not all that much to be done, so that is definitely a bonus. Moreover, since fish are so simple to look after, you can teach your kids to do most of the work at a fairly young age. Heck, all that needs to be done with a fish is to clean the tank every now and then, clean the filter, and feed the things.
These are all things that are relatively easy for a young child to learn and even easier for you to do. You don’t want to start out with a pet that needs a lot of maintenance because you’re going to be doing a lot of the work. With a fish you can start teaching your kids to look after a living creature without actually having to do too much. Whichever way you look at it, in terms of pets, it really does not get any easier than a fish.
2. They Are Inexpensive
We all know that kids might not be the most dedicated beings in the world. You need to be aware of the fact that there is the chance of your kids getting bored with the pet. Now, this may not happen all that much, but it definitely does. Kids have short attention spans and they will quickly find something else that peaks their interest.
You don’t want to go out and spend a fortune on a pet that your children are going to forget about in a couple of days. There is also the fact that raising kids is very expensive to begin with, so you may be on a tight budget. Getting something like a fish is a great way to get a pet for your kids, make them happy, and still be money conscientious.
Buying a Betta fish or even a Goldfish is definitely one of the cheaper alternatives to go with. All you really need is the fish, a starter tank (this post from Aquascape Addiction covers some decent tank options), some substrate and plants, a filter and a light, and some food. This may sound pricey, but you shouldn’t have to spend more than £100.
This is very inexpensive when you consider pets like dogs or cats, which can end up costing from hundreds to even thousands just to buy, let alone all of the care and things like vet bills. Nobody wants pets to die, but at least if a fish dies, it won’t have cost you too much, plus they are pretty easy to replace too. It may not be all morally acceptable and that jazz, but you don’t want your kids grieving over a dead fish, or in other words, a Betta fish can be easily replaced without your kids noticing
3. They Teach Responsibility
Yet another reason why fish make great first pets for kids is because they help teach your little ones some responsibility. Like we said, fish are really easy to take care of, which is the exact thing that makes them perfect for some responsibility lessons. It gives your kids the opportunity to look after a living being without too much effort or responsibility in the beginning. Your kids will learn the importance of simple little things like cleaning the tank or feeding the fish.
They are simple acts, yet very important. It will help create a good baseline for learning more responsibility in the future. Like we also mentioned before, learning little things is important to do at a young age. Even if feeding a fish is only a little responsibility, it’s a great place to get started.
It’s best to start young and starting with a fish is even better. Your kids will need to quickly learn to be responsible in this competitive and fast paced world. Heck, even taking care of a dog, babysitting, or having their own kids when the time comes will be made easier thanks to some early age fish keeping.
4. Fun & Relaxing
The other reason why fish make such great first pets for kids is because they are both fun and relaxing. Your kids will spend hours watching the fish swim around, dart from side to side, and just do their thing. Even watching fish eat their food can be pretty entertaining.
There is also the fact that a fish tank can be really serene and relaxing too. The swaying current of the water, the gentle gurgling of the filter, the soft glow of the light, and the pretty fish itself are all things that will help relax your kids. When they are sad, mad, frustrated, or just really tired, there is nothing like spending a few minutes watching some neat fish. It’s great for relaxing your kids and for helping you relax too.
If your child wants his or her first pet, we would definitely recommend getting some kind of fish. There are many benefits to getting a fish as a first pet, both for the kids and you as the parent. They are fairly cheap to buy and take care of, they are easy to maintain, not very time consuming, they’re fun and relaxing, and they can teach some valuable life lessons too.
If you and your kids are still not sold on a fish, a puppy is another fantastic first pet providing you have the spare time, the space at home and a dog friendly garden.
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