What is a good small pet for a second grader?


Question by CovaKitten: What is a good small pet for a second grader?
My 7 year old brother wants a small pet, and we have no idea what to get. Since the pet will mainly be my responsibility anyway, I want a guinea pig (i had some when I was younger). I already have a 3-pound “teacup” Chihuahua, in case that might be problem. My brother likes all things soft and furry and my parents hate reptiles (they’re creepy). Whatever we get needs to be friendly, furry, small, and easy to care for.

Any suggestions?

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Answer by jordier
guinea pig, hamster, rat

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6 comments on “What is a good small pet for a second grader?

  1. I would say a kitten. I dont know if your brother would want that. But by what you said he wanted,
    A kitten is small, friendly, fury, and easy to care for. I have a kitten! They are so adorable. But yeah. Try concidering “Kittens”.
    P.s. I know that they’ll eventually grow, But so will he!! Lol. 😀

  2. Boycott Puppy Mills

    Teacup animals are just the poorly bred runt of the litter. When you bought your “teacup” Chihuahua you got scammed by a backyard breeder.

  3. i would say a gerbil. for a cage all they need is minimum a 10 gallon aquarium. their pee and poop doesn’t even smell and you dont have to clean their cage for like a week or a week and a half. also if you get them young and handle them everyday they turn out soo sweet. but some bad things about them are they jump high so you need a strong wire lid. they LOVE to chew so you need to get them alot of chew toys. also this might be bad, (but good for me) they need to be kept in pairs. like no matter what. or else they’ll get depressed. and make sure you get two of the same sex, or else you’ll have like hundreds of babys. and also another good thing about them are they are awake during day and night, but mostly day. oh ya and their funny to watch. well good luck and pick GERBILS!!!

  4. I would recomend a Guinea pig or Hamster. Guinea pigs are gentle and loving but are quite noisy, & Hamsters are east to care for but are harder to tame.

  5. I recommend a guinea pig OR a budgerigar. Budgerigars aren’t furry, but they are friendly, small, easy to care for, and highly intelligent and playful. Guinea pigs also make a good choice because they can bond closely to a human with proper interaction and play time. However, it is going to be very difficult to choose a good pet with a Chihuahua in the house, however small it is. You need to make sure that the cage of your new animal is up where a dog can’t reach it, and whenever you let the caged animal out, either make sure the dog isn’t in the room or make sure you are closely supervising the two animals.

    Here’s information about guinea pigs and their care: http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/guineapigs/a/Gpsaspets.htm

    Here’s information on budgies and their care:

    Here’s information about hamsters and their care (I don’t recommend hamsters, but you could always try):

  6. If not the guinea pig, why not a hamster? or even a rat?
    Rabbits are to big, mice are quite skitish, guinea pigs can be quite noisy, puppies grow and need alot of attention.
    Go to this link:

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