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No fuss pets

“Mum can we get a puppy, mum can we get a puppy, MUM CAN WE GET A PUPPY?!”

You know who’ll end up walking him…

Uh oh. They’ve started asking for a pet. Mainly they ask for a puppy, but some days it’s a parrot, cat, or even a Komodo dragon. Frankly, I’m petrified. My two kids can’t even watch a three-minute cartoon without losing interest, let alone be responsible for a living, breathing animal.

Don’t get me wrong, I would dearly love something cute and cuddly to snuggle up to, and I’m dreading saying no to the kids. But, with a full-time job and three human animals of my own (if you include the husband) to look after, the thought of introducing an extra critter to the household makes me quake in my boots. If we got a puppy, it would need walking come rain, wind, freezing fog, or plague of frogs. Then there’s the vet bills, and feeding it as well – I simply don’t have enough time, or deep-enough pockets to splash out on a schnauzer.My thoughts now turn to no fuss pets!

A kitten would be a good idea, but I’m allergic to cats, and a shrieking parrot is a serious no-go for migraine sufferer like me.

But the kids keep giving me puppy dog eyes – they want a pet, and won’t stop pestering until they get one. So, it inspired me to research an alternative, and I bring you… NO FUSS PETS. Well, they may require a little bit of effort, but certainly not as much as a Great Dane scratching to be let out at 3 AM:

Whats the choices?

Firstly, how about a hamster? These dopey little rodents cost a few pounds, and cages are relatively cheap too. Or, for something more responsive and inquisitive, a mouse or rat could be the answer. As long as your child remembers to clean the cage regularly and to be gentle with Hammy, a rodent makes the ideal low fuss pet. Mind you, they get active at night, and your house will never be free of sawdust.

If the idea of sawdust and gnawing is too much, how about a  small, non-venomous snake? If you can bear a slinky reptile, then you will find a snake a very low-fuss creature indeed.

A garter or corn snake only needs feeding every couple of weeks, and their tanks need minimum attention. Providing your kids are gentle and sensible, a snake can be a great educational tool as well – it’s an alien creature with strange habits, plus, it sounds good in the playground to say you’ve got a snake.

Give your kids’ bedroom the feel of a dentist waiting room with a fish tank. Cold water fish are cheapest and easiest to care for: As soon as you start adding heaters and bubbles, it gets complex, and the price rockets. Plus, keeping bright and cheerful tropical fish is something of a dark art – they’re prone to going belly up or eating each other.

How about your very own Tweety Pie? A canary requires very little one-on-one time, plus it will fill your house with sweet music. The child will need to provide fresh food and water and clean the cage on a regular basis. Most birds don’t care for sudden movements and loud noises, so they would be most suitable for an older child.

no fuss pets

Monkey see, monkey do

Remember Sea Monkeys? Well, they’re back, and you can pick up a tank of these curious creatures for about £9. They are actually brine shrimp and to hatch their eggs, just add water. I’ve just been looking at Sea Monkey Theatre Project Playset on Amazon, and it’s aimed at children aged six and up. These are possibly the lowest-fuss pets of all time – simply top the tank up, and watch them grow. (Although, I do have rather grim memories of my pet Sea Monkeys cannibalising each other, but perhaps they’re better trained nowadays. And if not, there’s always an opening for your child to become a Sea Monkey Whisperer)

Give a hermit crab a home

Continuing on the fishy theme, a Hermit Crab makes a very unusual, and very cheap pet, and they can be picked up on the beach. These are the hobos of the crustacean world, and they squeeze into increasingly larger snail shells as they grow. A tank with gravel in the bottom is perfect accommodation. What’s more, your child will be taught about responsible pet ownership because they will need to find progressively larger shells for your new eight legged friend.

Well, after that bit of research, I can’t wait to sit down with the kids and husband, and ask them what they want. And if they impress me suitably over the coming months, I may just cave in to pressure and let them have something slightly more cuddly than a crab.










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