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A ferret is another small animal that you might want to consider for your child, and they are great practice for a future dog or cat. A Ferret will live for five to seven years, and they have great personalities. They can live alone, but love when they have another ferret friend; just make sure they are both the same gender.
All ferrets will require some playtime out of their cage, which kids often love. Kids also will have to groom a ferret, as they have longer hair, and they will need to have nail trims and teeth brushing. You can also train a ferret to use a litter box, so that must be cleaned, too.