D.M. asks from Celina, OH on August 15, 2007
The Perfect Pet
I am in search of the perfect pet for my soon to be 7 year old daughter. She is allergic to cats and dogs and has asthma so we need a hypoallergenic pet. We've tried fish before but they just aren't pets according to my daughter because you can not pet them :) We have considered many animals and just out to look for suggestions for something we may not have considered or just completely forgot about. We live in an apartment, so the pet must be fairly small.
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I just wanted to let everyone know we settled on a teddy bear hamster. She came straight from her mommy (my newphew's hamster) and things are going great, except I am having a hard time letting my daughter have the responsibility for her. She's so little and helpless and I'm paranoid she is going to get out inside my house:)
T.C. answers from Canton on August 16, 2007
Have you tried a hamster, lizard, or a bird. We had a bird that would come sit on us and let us pet him. He was a great pet. Just a few suggestions for ya. Take care and good luck!!
C.C. answers from Indianapolis on August 16, 2007
I know that there are several breeds of small dogs that are hypoallergenic. Bishon Frise, Maltese and others...
C.B. answers from Cleveland on February 23, 2008
I just wanted to post, even though this was a bit of an older question. In my experience, Rats make some of the best pets! You need to find them from a good breeder so that you know you are getting healthy and well socialized pets. They are gentle, love to be held and petted, can learn tricks, learn to come when they are called, are very very clean (they clean themselves more than cats do!) and they aren't as likely to bite as hamsters and other small rodents. They are the most intellegent of the rodents, too.
I am a member of the Rat Fan Club and R.A.T.S. so if anyone has questions on them as pets, feel free to contact me :)
Best of luck to you!
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K.S. answers from Columbus on August 15, 2007
I've heard that Chinchilla's are fun pets. They are definately soft to pet. They live in a cage. Make sure to do a lot of research, I think they might require a little extra work to keep clean.
S.H. answers from Cleveland on August 15, 2007
honestly you don't need a rodent type pet, there are hypo-allergenic dogs and they are small. my dad is SEVERELY allergic to pcats/dogs/animal dander, but they now have 4, that's right 4 shiz zuhs, hypo allergenic dogs, but they require ALOT of care such as grooming and they average out at 12 pounds so they are small and somewhat fragile so if your child is a little rough with animals this would NOT be the one for you, but it is an idea.
J.M. answers from Cleveland on August 18, 2007
Hi, my nephew has severe allergies to cat and dog dander in fact my sister had to have her dog removed from her home. When I wanted to buy a dog I was heartbroken because my house was the only place my nephew could sleepover and I felt bad taking it away from him. "Silver lining" I purchased not one but two schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle - nonshedding & hypoallergenic) they run between 12-24 lbs. My nephew has slept over many times since, he does a preventive treatment just in case but has never had to leave. If it is a question whether your daugther can tolerate, do a test run. If you need that you can come visit and see how she does. I know that sounds odd but I know what it's like to be unsure of a pet and it is not something to just jump into, heaven forbid you buy a pet and then have to give them up (heartbreaking.) Good Luck i hope this helps..
K.R. answers from Youngstown on August 15, 2007
I don't know if they are hypoallergenic or not so you would have to check but suprisingly enough rats make great pets. We went looking for a "pocket pet" for my son and after looking at gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs etc we chose the rats. They are really friendly creatures and unlike mice or gerbils they don't try to run away from you. They will ride on your shoulder around the house and love to swim in the bath tub. My boys have had alot of fun with theirs- it is really easy to tell boys from girls too so if you are getting 2 (which makes them happy) you can make sure you don't get any unwanted babies. They live in a cage so you have to change bedding every couple of days- they make bedding from recycled newspaper too so if she's allergic to the pine chips that is a great alternative. Some people are totally creeped out by rats though but they are really cool animals. Good luck I hope you find a great new friend!!
M.T. answers from Dayton on August 16, 2007
A friend of mine recently bought sugar gliders for her kids, ages 3 and 5. They are really small, but cute. I am not sure if they are hypoallergenic or not, though. They are also nocturnal, but they will stay up during the day and play if you take them out of their cage. She even has a pouch for them that looks like a small purse so that she can take them places with her. Both cost over $100, but less than $200. She bought a male and a female so that they would breed because the guy she purchased them from will buy the babies back for $75 each. It would be easy to get your money back with the babies, and then have more money down the road to pay for the fruit they eat.
L.N. answers from Toledo on August 16, 2007
Well I was thinking maybe a chinchilla they are little and they never bit they are really cool pets. Hampsters seem to bit we tried those and my son got bit pretty good by one. Just thought i would give you my two cents if you have any questions bout a chinchilla email me.
K.C. answers from Cleveland on August 16, 2007
Try a turtle make sure it can be taken out of the water... my son has one we call him spot cause he has a yellow spot on his head. but we take him out in the back yard he like to walk in the grass when we first got him he was about 1 lbs he is now about 3lbs we have not really weighed him lately. We did get him when we lived in an apartment 5 years ago watch to cause some snap or bite!