14 Popular Family Pets Your Kids Want (and Why You Shouldn't Get Them)

by Parent Co. October 26, 2016

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So, your kids want to get a family pet.

Ok, cool. It could work. It totally could! It could actually be really great -- a wonderful opportunity for the little ones to learn all about responsibility, hard work, chores, and the cycle of life. It's also a wonderful opportunity for you to have yet another living creature in your house whose poop you'll have to touch. I mean, let's not delude ourselves: the kids will enthusiastically help for approximately 3.75 days before they ghost. BUT, I digress. There are so many kinds of pets you could choose! Big, small, furry, scaly, cuddly -- even definitely not cuddly, if that's what you're into. A pet for every family! To help you decide which pet to get, let's take a quick look at the pros and cons of the various options:

Goldfish

PROS: Saves space, lives in a bowl. Can be easily acquired at the county fair. CONS: Frequent dying. Always with the dying. Endless toilet bowl memorials. You'll need several back-up goldfish.

Snakes

PROS: NOPE. CONS: Snakes.

Hamsters

PROS: Provides compelling metaphor for life by running endlessly on a wheel. CONS: Nocturnal, but caged. So, watches you while you sleep.

Cats

PROS: Potential income-earner as skateboarding YouTube sensation. CONS: Toxoplasmosis. Frequent hairball-related barfing. Is kinda pissed about not being an actual lion. Would definitely eat you if it could.

Chickens

PROS: Fresh eggs. CONS: Raccoons, and the inevitable chicken apocalypse.

Dogs

PROS: More loyal and loving than your children will ever be. CONS: Will eat its own poop, but not when you need it to.

Hedgehogs

PROS: Curls up into weaponized ball. CONS: Curls up into weaponized ball.

Tarantulas

PROS: You won't have to clean anymore, because no one will come to your house ever again. CONS: Living with giant, fur-covered, deadly spiders. On purpose.

Ferrets

PROS: Not a rat. CONS: Just like a rat, except flatter.

Rabbits

PROS: Soft and cute like a cat. CONS: Not actually a cat.

Horses

PROS: A pet built to ride! CONS: Your money's gone now. Bye, money.

Geckos

PROS: Can possibly get you a great deal on car insurance. CONS: Unlikely you'll get the talking, money-saving kind.

Turtles

PROS: Overall pretty chill (except for the snapping ones, don't get that kind). CONS: Already has a house, will never really need you.

Birds

PROS: A pet with the miraculous gift of flight! And, of course, a vocalized interest in crackers. CONS: Can't fly due to pet status. Probably hates crackers.

Good luck out there, future pet owners! May your cages be spotless, your goldfish lives long, and your poop-scooping bags plentiful.


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