I had mice, rabbits, turtles and guinea pigs as pets as a kid, along with dogs, they all make great pets for kids. You can get dwarf bunnies which are smaller, if you are looking for a smaller rabbit. Mice were good pets but they aren't so friendly/cuddly - as a PP said rats are much better pets - they are quite intelligent and cuddly and will snuggle into laps and come for pats if they are trained from when they are young, they can be an awesome pet for young kids - they can also live happily in the tall multistory type cages that you mentioned in your OP.
As for fostering - the RSPCA is often looking for foster carers for all their pets - they also get rabbits/rats/guinea pigs and birds etc coming in too which need foster homes. My only concern would be telling a little girl she has to give back the pet once she has formed an attachment to it - while it can be a good lesson, I think having your own pet to care for is just as important too.
Last edited by Pearlygirl; 29-04-2014 at 13:09.
What would you plan on doing with the pet when you go away? If you have someone in mind, maybe you should discuss it with them first. They may have limits on what they will and won't pet-sit.
Fostering is a great idea.
Thanks again for your help.
Yes, giving away your pet must be a very hard lesson to learn for a little girl. Yesterday I was discussing with her all the reasons why we can't have a pet and the main one is that we go away for one/two month overseas to see their grandparents and the pet couldn't come with us. So I said "but maybe we could find someone to care for our pet in the meantime, let's think about it". And she was quite shocked that I could suggest something like that. She replied "no I'd rather not go and see my grandparents ever again !".
So I received some more information for fostering dogs and we need to think about it, especially for the sentimental reason. And we would really like having a dog, we probably don't need the temptation...
I quickly mentioned all of this to my husband, and he replied "well, then maybe we will have a rat"... I would have never thought he could agree on the rat.
Also, I was thinking of the rabbit. There is one main reason why I wouldn't buy an indoor pet rabbit, and I had forgotten about it : even though my dear husband doesn't know about it, I don't plan to have only chicken. I would like to have a couple of rabbits too, and maybe a couple of ducks. So there would be eventually (but when? maybe in three years time...) lots of farm animals in my backyard.
What time of year do you go away? Some reptiles might be an option if you travel in winter when they go into a semi hibernation. We've had several bearded dragons and they are gorgeous, like little puppies, they love everyone and are very cuddly. My old boy used to spend all day hanging out on my shoulder when I was home, but if we went away for a week or 2 he didn't care at all! Turtles are lovely too but I've always found the beardies are easier to build a cuddly relationship with
What about a guidedog? You need to follow a strict diet & training regime, but it's for a great cause.
Rats are really lovely. But I would be concerned about getting someone to care for them for extended periods of time.
My kids have rats, they're so awesome. My mum has looked after them for a couple of week-long periods, but the length of time was such that she didn't have to clean out their cage, just check their food and water.
Chickens can be great pets if you raise them from chicks. They'll happily be petted and carried around.
I'd love to get my kids a bunny but we aren't allowed in Qld. I think they'd be a good pet.
We have a guinea pig (the last of many)...the kids have zero interest. I look after him and there will be no more after this one.
I had rats and mice as a teen and I loved them.
We have dogs and indoor cats....they will always be a part of our lives. I'd love a farm...that'd be a dream come true.
I have no air-con either and my 6 ferrets are fine. There are other ways to help them cool down.
As for going overseas, I'm not sure what's in Canberra, but are ferret boarding places around. I know the one on the Central coast has looked after ferrets whilst their owners were overseas.
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