Having a pet is a great way to teach kids responsibility, and the power of unconditional love! Here are some great pets for kids and families:

Fish are a great “starter pets” for kids. Goldfish are common, but Betta fish are actually easier to raise! They are more resilient, in case someone forgets to feed the fish for a few days.

Reptiles are non-allergenic, perfect for kids with allergies to furry pets. Just be careful, as some reptiles, such as tortoises, can live for 50 years! Small lizards or snakes are a great choice. However, keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against reptiles as pets for young children because they can easily transmit salmonella.

Birds are intelligent and social animals that can be a joy to have in the home. They require more daily upkeep than reptiles, but they are fun companions for kids, especially inexpensive parakeets.

Cats are fluffy friends that are a little easier to keep up with than a dog. However, notoriously independent cats still require regular veterinary checkups and immunizations. A cat may be a better choice than a dog if your family has limited living space.