Allergic to dogs or cats? Maybe both?

My daughter is. When she was tested years ago our allergist shook his head and said, “Don’t ever get a dog!”. So we got a cat as she showed no allergy to them. Well, at the following years allergy test she tested very positive to both dogs and cats.

One might think bunny, or hamster, gerbil, etc. but you have to think about their food as well. The food pellets often have common allergens in them.

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What’s a family of animal lovers to do when both of the most common fuzzy friends are out of the question?

Might I suggest a reptilian friend of some sort?

Now I know that may cause many of you to recoil but hear me out.

Once upon a time I was one of those that wouldn’t in a million years have the very animal we have as  pet anywhere near me. Seriously, growing up in the country with chickens they were our enemy.

Now, thanks to my husband, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

That’s right folks, we have a snake. A ball-python His name is Jake (dubbed by the kiddos) and he’s been a part of our family for a few years now.

He is the easiest pet in the world to take care of in my opinion. He’s about five feet long and is fully mature. He eats once a month, has no fur, requires very little aside from a clean home, fresh water, and handling a few times a week. Also, what does a snake say? Hiss. That’s it. That’s a winning combo in my book.

As far as temperament, he’s the best! So very gentle, very laid back, and totally awesome. I also have to confess that I very much enjoy seeing the look on people’s faces when they innocently ask the kids if they have any pets. When my children happily respond with “Yes, we have a snake!the astonished, wide-eyed expression followed by the ever-present gasp is quite entertaining.

Maybe snakes aren’t your thing and that’s okay. There are other options available!

Leopard geckos and bearded dragons are hardy, friendly, and don’t eat things likely to hurt your food allergic kids. Total win!

If you’re interested in learning more about adding a reptilian member to your family, (and really, what kid wouldn’t love that) check out this helpful resource at Animal Planet for more information.

Does your family have a pet? What kind? Share with us in the comments below!