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5 Pets That You May Want to Reconsider Buying for Your Kids

By Devan McGuinness |

5 Pets That You May Want to Reconsider Buying for Your Kids

I have been debating for a while now what we will do when our cats die.

Morbid, right? But the truth is, they are old and as much as I want them to stick around forever, I know that they won’t. Ming Ming is showing signs of ageing (he is 15-years old) and Puppy (the cat) is older than he is.

My kids have been asking for another pet though and our answer so far has been, “not right now”, meaning not until the cats are gone. I don’t want to bring in a new pet, taking attention away from them. Also, I am not sure if we will get more pets for a while.

Nevertheless, I have been thinking about what kind of pet we would add to our household. I want one that is good for our kids and will fit in with our lifestyle. I started to look at the options and found some that are likely off our list forever.

Click through to see 5 pets you may want to reconsider getting for your kids:

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5 Pets That May Not Be The Best Choice For Your Kid

Chow Chow Dog

You may wonder why this is the dog of choice, but I think that the other more questionable choices would likely be weight in before this breed. The Chow Chow dog looks adorable, but his temperament may not be the best for kids. According to Dog Breed Info, " If you allow this dog to believe they are the boss of your house they will become stubborn, protective and sometimes down right unruly." They are also usually a one-person kind of dog who likes an alpha human and this may not be the best for a house with kids.
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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “5 Pets That You May Want to Reconsider Buying for Your Kids

  1. Shell says:

    Intetesting post :) one thing about snakes though. They are hugely misunderstood. You can buy smaller species and yes most do live a long time, they do make lovely pets. Also live feeding doesn’t have to be the only way to feed. In the UK it’s illegal to feed live. :)

  2. cami says:

    a pet snake may not kill you but you could get a nasty infection from a bite, also i would think a constrictor would be a bad idea for a child. as for hamsters, they could also bite and you could get rat bite fever from that. but otherwise harmless. i once had a pet rat that bit me and i never got rat bite fever, so my guess is that is few and far between. i dont know much about ferrets but they seem okay but do bite sometimes. tarantula, no never in my house. i hate spiders. and the chow… seriously? a dogs temperament is based largely on how you raise them. overall the reasons for not getting these pets is ridiculous. whoever wrote this article did a poor job.

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