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Caged Creatures for Kids. Animals that you can keep at home in a cage.

BY: Guest | Category: Animals and Pets | Post Date: 2009-09-18

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WRITTEN BY: Megan Duncan.

Whether they are giggling at a lapping tongue in the face or crying at a toilet-side funeral, there is nothing quite like the bond between kids and their pets. Children love having pets to interact with and help care for, but certain living situations, allergies, or individual preferences may put restrictions on what type of pet a child can have. Any family, however, can become pet owners, as critters of all different kinds make wonderful family pets and are looking for homes.

If you live in an apartment that does not allow free roaming pets, a lot of furry friends live behind bars. Hamsters, for instance, are loners who do not require a lot of space. Hamsters will tolerate gentle play, making an older child that could be taught how to properly handle it, a good candidate for a pet such as this. A younger child should probably enjoy the hamster by watching it play in its cage, as a hamster could bite if in a sour mood.

Larger and more tame than a hamster are guinea pigs and gerbils. These little creatures are able to endure more rough play and can be handled by most children. Although they will sink their teeth into an arm when feeling threatened, they are much less likely to than hamsters. Unlike smaller rodents, they have more personality making them quite loveable and fun. Neither like to dine alone, and since they crave companionship with their own kind, keeping several in one large cage would be ideal.

While the small, fuzzy creatures would be great for those living in a pet restricted area, they are a cause of concern for allergies and pet dander. Be that the case, take flight on a more feathery solution. A parakeet is not only very entertaining to watch, but is quite the conversationalist. With patient training, a parakeet can learn to speak quite well. They will also perch happily on a child's finger and sing a song, but care must be taken that the bird is not squeezed while being held. Parakeets can also become sick if not properly taken care of. Keeping them away from open doors or windows is very important as they will catch colds if positioned near a draft.

When looking for a more cryptic companion, consider a gecko. Known for being tame and easy to maintain, these lizards will crawl their way into a child's heart. Although they are not extremely interactive with humans, children love watching in amazement as they scurry up and down their arms. Geckos are very gentle and will not bite, but do need to be handled carefully as they are small and somewhat fragile. Geckos should be kept in an aquarium and do not require a lot of space. As for roommates, male geckos discriminate against their own gender and can not coexist. A male and a female, or even a male and two females, can be kept together, but two males will fight and possibly kill one another.

Be it fat and hairy, small and feathered or long and green, a pet will create lifelong memories for the entire family to share. Taking the time to find the right one will ensure a long lasting and healthy relationship.. Any household can welcome the perfect pet into their family with a little research and a lot of love.

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My kid loved Birdies
Megan, can you shed some light on keeping birds for home (since they are caged creatures too). My son loves birds and can stand on the window looking at bird flying in the sky for a long time. I want to gift him a parrot on his birthday, but someone told me that parrots can be very noisy. Can you suggest any good birds which are easier to maintain and make less noise. I will come back to your article to see your comment.
Anna 2009-09-18

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