Well, congratulations. You've arrived at the stage of parenthood where your child wants a pet. Like, really wants one. GULP. Luckily, you've talked them down from a St. Bernard, but they're still tiptoeing around in the world of large tropical fish because hey, fish are really cool, some have fins, and fish flakes are super tiny. And while all of this may be true, you also know that most fish don't have a great track record of staying alive for very long — especially when children are their primary caregivers. So is there a low-maintenance pet that isn't a fish? Because even though I have conflicting feelings about The Cosby Show, I'll never forget that hilarious episode when Rudy's fish died and Heathcliff insisted the family give him a proper burial (down the toilet).
If welcoming a new family member of the animal variety becomes your reality, I've got a few suggestions of low-maintenance animals other than fish that might be a fit. Additional things to consider when deciding on your future pet is your family's schedule, who will be around to feed this delightful little creature (not it!), and if your child is really ready for this new responsibility, because in addition to fun, this is also a learning opportunity for your child. Good luck on this new adventure. Now you just have to decide on a name.