We have two cats- an indoor kitten( 6 month calico) who is about to be fixed and a outdoor/indoor fixed male cat about 3 years old who we love.
They want a new pet.
( they are kids of course they do)
I feel like I have my hands full just with the two kids and one indoor kitty- the outdoor kitty is really no work at all - he comes and goes and I feed him and set water out- he uses the bathroom outside.
My son has been asking for a dwarf teddy bear hampster for over a year- I do not want to get one at all- to me they are rodents- and well- I just don't want a rodent- it's just not for me. I had a hampster growing up and then we had 3 pet rats and we used to let them climb all over us and stuff- which- yes I know- rats make great pets but even the thought of it now grosses me out...
I am looking for suggestions of a pet for them. We looked into turtles but they seem to be quite a bit of work, expensive for their habitat and carry disease.
I tried to convince them of a hermit crab- to no avail... they say they pinch.
I tried to say a fish- maybe a beta- they are a little interested- but really- I don't see it working with the kitten she is very playful and all over the place.
They want something they can handle and play with- I reminded them of the kitten- which of course is yesterdays news- they love her and play with her- but want something new.
I would love to get a dog but I truly do not think I could handle the responsibility right now- and the cost.
Anyway- any ideas on a low maintenance reasonable cost- pet that fits what we are looking for?