boy taking a walk with dog
Pet Owners Owners Council  

Awesome Pets for Kids

Kids love pets, and pets are great for kids! They can teach them responsibility, provide unconditional love, and even help with their development. The following blog post will explore the benefits of pets in children’s lives, as well as give some ideas on how to incorporate pets into your child’s life.

Pets for Kids: Benefits

1) Pets also teach children about the responsibility of caring for a living creature and that even pets need care every day to survive, which can help promote empathy in people and respect for animals.

2) Many children are terrified to go back home after a traumatic experience. They may have been bullied or hurt by someone they trusted, and now that person has control over them in their own space as well. Pets provide unconditional love for these kids, which can be very comforting during this difficult time – pets will not judge or question what happened when it was just you two alone together anyway!

3) Pets can help children improve their health by providing exercise and company.

They are great companions who will keep your kids active when they’re not in school or busy at home with homework, chores, etc., which means the time spent together is quality bonding that also has a positive effect on the overall wellness of both child and pet.

4) Pets have always been seen as a companion to children, but now they’re also being looked at for their educational value. Children can learn new things and explore through the endless possibilities of playing with pets! Playing games will help them develop creativity in other areas too.

5) They can help children with social skills by meeting other children at the park or in your neighborhood with pets. At the same time, pets can help kids with social skills by providing them a nonjudgmental audience.

6) Pets also help teach compassion – when someone else hurts an animal or takes something from it without permission, we feel anger and want to stop them to protect the animal.

7) They can help children with their development, such as speech and language skills, by encouraging communication and providing a loving ear to listen to their worries and troubles.

8) Pets can help teach empathy – when an animal is hurt or has something taken from them, they feel pain just like we do.

Pets for Kids: Things to Consider

  • Pets are a long-term commitment and responsibility. They need to feed daily, walk every day, groom regularly – they provide endless benefits for kids, but also require care. Consider how much time you have in your week to take on the responsibilities of pet ownership before getting pets for children.
  • The breeds or types of pets you get also make a difference. Pets can be very different in temperaments and needs, so if one child is having some difficulties with empathy or social skills, it might not make sense to choose pets that are more aggressive, like cats.
  • Do your research before bringing pets into the family – there’s a lot of information out there on how pets could benefit your children. Choose the type of pet that best suits your family’s needs and lifestyle.
  • The lifespan of pets – some pets can live for years, while others have a shorter lifespan.
  • Space is another thing to consider – pets need a place of their own in the home, and since pets can be such big commitments, it’s important to make sure there is enough space for them.
  • Pets are living creatures who depend on humans for survival. Make sure you’re ready before taking pets in the family with kids! Children may tend to forget this and pets might not get the care they need.
  • Be prepared for pets to cost a large amount of money over the course of their lifetime, they require a lot of supplies, like food and toys.
  • Don’t forget about allergies! Some people are allergic, and pets can make this allergy worse for someone who is already dealing with it. Pets also shed fur, which could cause an allergic reaction too.
  • Keep in mind, pets require a lot of work. They need to be taken care of, they make noise and can’t just stay in the backyard all day long.

Best Pets for Kids

Some pets are better for kids than others. If you’re looking to get your first pet or a new pet, make sure to consider the following pets before getting them:


brown and white dog sitting under white hut

Dogs are one of the popular pets, they provide unconditional love and can also be pets to everyone in the family when children need it most. It’s fun to teach a dog new tricks, and they’re also great pets because they can be gentle. You can consider a dog as your first pet if you have the time to take care of it and if you live in an area that permits pets. Training them to be on a leash and not bark too much will also help make pets more enjoyable for the whole family.


Cats are another popular pet for kids – it’s an animal that is willing to let children explore their world as much as possible. They are very independent animals, which makes them perfect pets for the child who wants independence too!


While birds require less care than dogs or cats, it’s important that you consider your child before getting them – some children who are going through difficult times might find it harder to handle a pet that requires a lot of attention. R


Fish require more care than pets that don’t need to be fed daily, but they are great pets for kids who might not have a lot of time on their hands because fish can stay in the tank without much work except when you’re feeding them or changing water levels. So regardless of the age of your children, pets can provide an excellent opportunity to teach responsibility. Fish also provide children with endless opportunities to learn about pets. A goldfish, for example, doesn’t require much care if you feed them every day and change the water often. They are great pets for kids who need low maintenance.


black rodent

Like fish, hamsters require daily care, but they’re also easier to take on the go since you can carry them in their cage and don’t have to worry about finding someone else to watch your pet while you travel. Hamsters are also small pets, so if space is an issue, they might be a great choice.

Hermit crabs

These pets are great for kids who might not be ready to care for a more complex pet just yet – they’re easy pets that require daily water changes and no feeding, so young children can feel like they have ownership over the animal while still learning how to take care of pets. They also do best in salt-water tanks, so pets can be more interactive and interesting for kids.


girl in white fur jacket holding white rabbit

This pet requires a lot of work – they need to be fed daily and groomed regularly, but rabbits are excellent pets for kids who have the time in their week. They’re very social with humans and can provide endless opportunities for children as well!


Turtles also require daily care, and they make great pets for kids who are ready to take on the responsibility of taking care of them. Turtles can’t be handled or often moved because they’re so sensitive, so it’s important that children understand this before choosing turtles as pets.


This pet is a little more independent than pets like dogs and cats, but they still need a lot of care. If you have an animal lover who is self-sufficient on pets that require more work or time to take care of them, lizards can be pets for kids! Children may find it cute to watch them grow, and they can be pets to the entire family.

girl in pink shirt holding orange plastic cup


Pets for kids who might not be ready to care for pets with more responsibility – guinea pigs require daily cleaning and feeding, but they’re great pets for children because there are so many species of the animal that can make them easier or harder depending on your child’s needs.

Take Away

Kids need to be exposed to animals early in life so that they can develop an appreciation for them. It’s important not just for the children, but also for the pets themselves, who may otherwise grow up feeling unloved and neglected. Pets provide a sense of security and love that humans cannot always give on their own. It is also rewarding for children to give pets the care that they need and provide for them.

If you are considering getting a pet or adding another animal into your family unit, think about how it will benefit yourself, the family members, and your child!