So Your Kids Want A Pet, But You Don’t Want To “pet” anything. Get a Hermit Crab

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“Mom, can we get a puppy?”
Who hasn’t heard that line before? The kids think it’s time for an addition to the family, but you know you don’t have time for a family pet.

I’ve got the perfect solution to make everyone happy! Hermit Crabs!!

Now, before you start to panic because you just heard the word crab, just listen! They’re not that bad. Trust me, I’ve had a few and after a while they were definitely part of our family.

Let me tell you why you should be convincing your kids to get a hermit crab:

  1. They don’t bark, chirp, or meow
  2. They won’t pee on your carpeting
  3. You don’t have to train them
  4. They won’t climb up your screens or run away
  5. They’re very easy to care for
  6. Your kids will love them more than a puppy!!

Hermit crabs do not need attention every day or even need to be feed everyday. That’s the best reason already! Hermit crabs live in smaller cages and stay in side of a shell. They eat hermit crab pellets and drink water from a sponge.

Believe it or not, hermit crabs are even FUN!! Because they live inside their shells, you can buy shells for your kids to decorate how they want and then the shells are placed inside the cage for the hermit crab to switch shells and live inside the painted ones! It’s so neat and your kids will be so thrilled.

Give hermit crabs a chance?


Jennifer is the owner of Mom on a budget which offers work at home ideas, money saving tips, decorating on a budget, quick easy recipes and so much more. Visit us at to sign up for our FREE newsletter.

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

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