What Should Your Kids First Pet Be And Why?

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Why Should Every Child Have A Pet?

    Before I start this post, I must give a disclaimer... I AM AFRAID OF ANIMALS lol. So the fact that my kids have one is very funny to me. I do however feel like every kid should have some type of pet. Whether it is a fish, hamster, rabbit, dog, or cat. I do believe it should be something small and easy to maintain for the time being. Having a pet can boost children's confidence. They will also have a sense of responsibility. 

What Pet Did We Get?

    Well, we got a... Hamster. She is such a cutie patootie. Her name is "Coco Chanel"lol...but we mostly call her Chanel. First things first, my kids paid for everything themselves. Don't come for me lol... They are learning how to be responsible and save up for what they want. They are really good at saving their money. She was purchased at Petco and she was only $17. The girls. put their money together and bought a cage, food, wood chips (so it can chew on) and a ball to roll around the apartment so it can get its exercise on. 

What You Need To Know Before Purchasing A Hamster

    Although Hamsters are cute they are very scary especially coming to a new home. The sales associate told us to not hold it for at least two to three weeks so that it can be used to its new environment and used to our voices. (I have no trouble with that lol). The starter cage comes with bedding (the white stuff in the picture). The sales associate told me to change it at least once a week or when need be (he said I would know when its time lol). I must say after day 3 of having her, I did need to change the bedding... She was stinky lol. One thing that is kind of annoying is that hamsters DO NOT SLEEP at night. They are nocturnal. They will play and make so much noise in that cage for hours. Then when you wake up in the morning, that thing is sleep lol. As of right now, we are all scared of her but hopefully we will all warm up to her and hold her. I was also told that when they bite it hurts. I have seen her teeth and those things are long and sharp... that's where the wood chips come in, they are supposed to help in filing the teeth down. Besides that, I think a Hamster would make a great first pet scared or not. I think I can be okay with not holding it and knowing my girls, they won't hold it either.

    Here are some of the items I purchased for our Hamster. 

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    Do you have a pet? What was your first pet? Let me know.

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas