Why Fish Are the Perfect First Pets for Kids

Why Fish Are the Perfect First Pets for Kids

When it comes time for your child to ask for their first pet, there is a lot of thought that goes into the decision. Lots of parents use a child’s first pet as a way to teach responsibility, but oftentimes, the child can lose interest in their new pet, leaving all the responsibility to the parents. Deciding which pet is the best option for your child’s first pet can be a big decision. If the pet is going to be entirely the child’s responsibility, it is best to choose one that’s considered easier to take care of.

Fish can make the perfect first pet for kids. They are easy to care for, they are entertaining, and a great way to get your child a pet that also teaches them responsibility.

There are many reasons that fish make great pets;

  • They can be calming to people watching them swim around their tank
  • They are easier and less expensive to feed than other pets
  • Fish don’t develop separation anxiety and are not destructive when left home alone
  • They are quiet
  • There are so many different kinds of fish
  • They don’t need to be walked and don’t need to go outside to potty
  • Fish are clean pets and don’t have to go to the groomers
  • No shedding everywhere, slobber, or drool
  • Some types of fish can even interact with their owners, and some can be trained to do tricks.
  • They are very low maintenance pets
  • Fish teach your children about responsibility
  • Fish tanks can be eye catching and be a great addition to your home
  • Children who suffer from ADHD can benefit from the colorful tank, it will catch their attention and can increase their concentration level
  • Fish can’t escape, so if a child leaves the lid open, they won’t run away like other pets would
  • Fish require little space. Although a minimum tank size for most fish is 10 gallons, they can be put anywhere that is sturdy and won’t be bumped
  • Fish tanks can inspire creativity, giving your child the responsibility of decorating the tank can inspire them to be creative and come up with great ideas
  • Fish are relatively affordable compared to other pets, a good starter tank can be $60-$100 depending on the size you get.

When thinking about a fish for a first pet, make sure you do research before you decide on what kind of fish you decide to get. There can be many different requirements that come with each kind of fish, like different pH balance, tank size, food, and how many fish they should live with. For example, if you want to get a male Betta fish, they cannot be put with any other betta fish, while female betta fish can live together with a big enough tank. Before going to get your fish, make sure you have done the research to assure you know everything you need to about the type of fish you are getting.

If you need help caring for your fish or other pets while you are gone, contact us today.

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