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    We are thinking of getting a pet for our second son, who is turning 5.
    We also have a 6yo, 3yo and 2yo to be mindful of.
    Our 5yo has autism and he finds animals very soothing. He will pat our cat for hours on end. He also just sits and pets our chickens (the ones that allow it, which isn't many). They really help with his anxiety and his sensory processing. (He is sensory seeking) as well as just gel perfectly with his naturally gentle and calm nature.
    We aren't really in a position to get a dog of any kind, so I have been trying to think of some alternatives.
    My husband hates rabbits. Snakes/spiders/scorpions also a no-no.

    We have owned any other small pets so no experience really.

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    He might enjoy a fish tank?

    Watching the fish swim around would be quite soothing I imagine.

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    What are you looking for different to your cat? Something that is more 'his' rather than family pet? I can't think of many other options besides a cat. A guinea pig would probably be too small and delicate with a bunch of young kids around.

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    Maybe another cat but taking your son to a shelter to choose one for himself? Also an adult cat might be a better option as they have personalities (e.g. Cuddly, not easily frightened, use to kids etc) where as you never know how a kitten can turn out.

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    How small?

    There aren't many animals I can think of except maybe mouse/rat?

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    A rat.

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    Yeh I was after something that was more his than family.
    Taking him to a shelter is a good idea.
    It doesn't have to be terribly small, I just meant not a horse or a pig etc.

    The rat is one I haven't considered. Will look into that too thank you.

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    I definitely think taking him to a shelter is a great idea too, they will help you find a pet matched to your/his needs. Eg if you went a cat they can be such different personalities, my two are from the same litter, have always been raised by us, but one is tolerant of children (not adults), the other loves adults but hates kids. So if you get a kitten you won't know what you're getting, which normally doesn't matter so much but you're after a pet for a specific purpose, so sounds beneficial for you.


 

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