The Right Exotic Pet for Your Child

There are loads of exotic pets to choose from. However, each requires special care. Before buying one for your child, make sure they are old enough and have the right temperament for the care of the exotic pet you want to give them.


1. Rats

Rats are very intelligent and enjoy socializing. They make good pets, as they are easy to tame and tend not to bite. Rats get lonely, though, so they may need company or lots of attention. If allowed to roam the house, keep an eye on where they go, as they tend to urinate frequently. Rats need a big cage so they can get enough exercise.

2. Guinea pigs

These lovable rodents are tame, but careful handling is needed, as they can get injured quite easily. They love attention and lots and lots of fresh vegetables! Guinea pigs love interacting with the family and learn the routines of the home quickly. They’ll let you know when it’s feeding time by squeaking until they get their food. Guinea pigs are social animals and should be kept in pairs. They need a big cage with plenty of hay and space to roam.

3. Gerbils

Gerbils like to be kept in pairs or groups. They take a bit of patience to tame and need regular handling, although be sure not to grab them by the tail. They are entertaining to watch when they play and interact with one another. Make sure they have plenty of space in their cage.


4. Hamsters

Hamsters can be kept alone. Some types must be kept by themselves. Hamsters are easy to tame and play with. They provide hours of entertainment with their antics in the wheel and tubes and love running around the house in an exercise ball. However, they are nocturnal and will need to be kept in a room where they won’t disturb you.

5. Mice

Mice do not need much space. They like to live in groups and are lots of fun to watch, as they love to play and squabble among themselves. Because they’re small and quick, they can be difficult to handle and are nocturnal. Small children will struggle with handling pet mice and won’t get to see them much due to their opposing sleep patterns.


6. Leopard geckos

These reptiles are easy to care for. They respond well to a gentle touch and become tame over time. They need to be kept in a tank. The setup of the tank can be a bit expensive, as a UV light and other accessories may be required. They do not respond to human touch in the same way as mammals and generally aren’t affectionate.

7. Madagascan hissing cockroaches

These are not conventional pets by any means. They are large enough to handle and docile on average. Unlike mammalian pets, they do not need much attention. Similarly, they are not very responsive. They’re hardly the right pets for stroking and cuddling, although their behavior is interesting to observe.