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t h at doesn't n eed a lot of exer cise, su ch as a r abbit , h am st er or gu in ea pig. Clean in g: All pet s, par t icu lar ly t h ose k ept in runs or cages, n eed clean en vir on m en t s. Wast e pr odu ct s m u st be r em oved daily an d beddin g r eplaced r egu lar ly. Feedin g: Pet s n eed f ood an d w at er ever y day, so t ak e t h e cost of t h e appr opr iat e f oods in t o con sider at ion . At t en t ion an d Lovin g Car e: Does you r ch ild h ave t h e t im e t o play w it h an d t r ain a pet ? Com m it m en t : Day-t o-day com m it m en t is n eeded, an d if you r ch ild h as a pet lik e a dog or a cat , t h is r espon sibilit y m ay last 10 t o 12 or m or e year s. Noise: Ch ildr en w it h sen sor y pr ocessin g disor der or an xiet y m ay n ot lik e t h e pit ch of a dog's bar k or m ay be ext r a sen sit ive t o ot h er pet -r elat ed n oises lik e squ aw k in g f r om a bir d. If you ch oose t o get a pet f or you r ch ild, m ak e su r e t h e t im in g is r igh t an d t h at h e or sh e h as an act u al in t er est in an im als. Th e r igh t f am ily-f r ien dly pet m ay be ju st w h at you r ch ild n eeds t o bet t er cope w it h daily st r essor s an d ot h er over w h elm in g sou r ces of st im u lat ion . Ow n in g a pet m ay h elp ease t h ese daily an xiet ies an d f acilit at e socializat ion an d u n der st an din g. " Th e ri gh t f ami l y-f ri endl y pet may be j ust w h at your ch i l d needs to better cope w i th dai l y stressors... "