Alternative animals for pets
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10+ Animals Safe For Petting For Kids with Allergies

#1: A rabbit

If your kid has an allergic reaction to dogs or cats, it doesn’t mean they can’t have a fuzzy and still little bit furry playmate—buy a rabbit! According to research, severe allergies to rabbits are unusual, though rabbits are not 100% hypoallergenic. The good thing is there are breeds that you can have if you suffer from less serious allergies.

#2. A snake

Woman With A Snake on Her Neck
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The safer option that you can pursue is to buy a reptile such as a snake. But remember that reptiles are only good for children over 10 years to make sure that they are old enough to handle these pets. Also, don’t forget that big snakes will need to feed on living animals, so these reptile foods can be a source of allergies. It is important that you are careful in choosing the best reptile food for your pet snake.

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#3. A sphynx

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There’s actually no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat that is absolutely safe for those with allergies. So, if you still want to have a pet cat but don’t want to risk the allergies, Sphynx cats are your best option. They don’t have any fur to shed, though they do produce some allergens, fewer than cats with hair. Also, you can wipe it with a wet towel and give it a bath in accordance with the sphynx care tips.

#4. A guinea pig

Guinea pigs are actually similar to rabbits in terms of allergens. Also, it’s easy to avoid potential problems by washing your hands after playing with the pet and keeping it out of the bedroom. Older family members should also be the ones to clean their cage to ensure proper cleaning.

#5. A hedgehog

Since these cute little furballs have quills, kids with allergies are usually not irritated by them. Most people who think that they are allergic to their hedgehog are actually allergic to their beddings. According to PetMD, hedgehogs are great pets for children to interact with on a daily basis. However, please remember that keeping hedgehogs as pets is illegal in some states and countries.

6. A bearded dragon

Bearded dragons are great allergy-friendly pets since reptiles don’t have dander or hair. Plus, they like interacting with people and are easy to train. Just a reminder that reptiles can carry salmonella, so veterinarians don’t recommend getting bearded dragons for children under 5 years old. And don’t forget to wash your hands before and after playing with the pet, always.

7. A parakeet

The budgie, or parakeet, is among the smallest of the parrot species commonly kept as pets. They are also the most popular pet bird by a large measure, due in part to the fact that they are quite affordable. These small parrots are exceedingly friendly and easy to tame. While they can sometimes be difficult to understand, they are also quite capable of mimicking human speech. So enjoy teaching them great words. 😉

8. A small dog

Sometimes people with allergies hope they can get a “hypoallergenic” dog. Unfortunately, allergic reactions happen even in homes with allergy-friendly breeds. But since small dogs shed less hair and dander, specialists recommend choosing a small one, keeping it out of the bedroom, and bathing it once a week. It’s also better to get rid of carpets and use an air purifier.

 White and brown Pomeranian
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9. A hamster

Compared to rabbits and guinea pigs, hamsters are really small rodents that shed the tiniest amount of allergens. In addition to that, small pets are kept in cages so that the rest of the house is safe. So, whenever they produce dander, they won’t get all over your house. 😉

10. A turtle

A leatherback turtle with David Attenborough in Trinidad
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Another pet that will probably cause no allergic reactions, even in really sensitive kids, is a turtle. Also, research shows that when turtles get proper care, they can live for over 50 years which means it’ll be a long-term friend for your kid. Just like other reptiles, turtles can carry salmonella, so you should always keep in mind that washing your hands after interacting with the pet is very important.

11. A mouse

Macro Photography of Mouse Near Brown Wooden Cage
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Mice are mammals, so they can rarely cause allergies just like small kittens or puppies because they’re much smaller than other furry pets. Also, their allergens don’t spread around your house, as you probably wouldn’t let a mouse run around your house all day long, right?

12. A tarantula

Specialists note that a lot of exotic pets are safe for allergy sufferers, including tarantulas. Although they’re not always the best choice, because of their looks and if you want a pet for cuddling, but if you prefer to watch something instead, these spiders are a great option. Above all, despite their scary looks, they are actually harmless reptiles.

Brown Tarantula on Gray Textile
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Also, even if they can bite sometimes, the toxicity is similar to a bee or wasp sting. Still, it is possible that you could have an allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) to even a small amount of venom from a tarantula, much as some people react badly to a bee sting. So being careful is still the best thing to do.

Did you find your ideal animal for petting? If you have other allergy-free pet suggestions, share it with us in the comments below. 😉