iVillage Member
Registered: 05-26-2003
Thu, 06-05-2003 - 10:11pm
Taylor's P-doc thinks that she would benefit from having a pet she can play with and care for. We currently have a parakeet who is wonderful, but he's not much on cuddling! We live in an apartment that doesn't allow cats or dogs. My thought was a hamster. Do any of you have hamsters? Do any of you notice a soothing quality to your child having a pet they can give uncoditional love? I'm hopeful that this will do her some good. Ideas and input would be appreciated!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: boosmom97
Fri, 06-06-2003 - 3:25pm
We have a dog and live in an apt. What I did was get a "written prescription" from the doc and the counselor saying that my ds needed his dog for behavioral therapy. Then our dog was classified as an "assist" dog. This allowed us to have a dog and pet for our ds to play with and be responsible for. It has been great. When my ds is getting hyper or anger he will sometimes sit down with the dog and pet him and calm himself down.

We also have a hamster in my ds room. This hamster doesn't like to be held much and will bite sometimes. I know that not all hamsters are like this, but our's is.

Good luck,


Avatar for kathy_in_ga
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: boosmom97
Tue, 06-10-2003 - 9:43am
I had hamsters when I was little, they bit! What about a ferrett, guinea pig or a miniture rabbit? I talked a land loard into letting me move in with my 2 cats once. He showed me an appartment that obviously had a child as the previous tenant, there were crayon makrs everywhere. I told him that my cats wouldn't do that to his walls & they hit the litter box every time, LOL.

Also another thoughtwould be fish. They are not cuddly, but it has been proven they are very calmning to watch. They are easy to feed & take care of. My son used to sit & watch our fish (we had coy).

Here is a web sight all about small animals, maybe you will get an idea from it.