Currently I have an 8 year old cat, the best cat in the whole world!! Plus 6 chickens with 15 more new ones coming next week My son who is 8 years old as well, cat doesn't really like him, wants to have a pet of "his own". He was thinking maybe a kitten would be fun, but he didn't realize that the kitten will grow up and be just like our cat now, not very playful. I was thinking that maybe a gerbil was a good idea. It would be very easy for him to take care of and play with. Hubby brought up a good point, if gerbil got loose and cat would eat gerbil for sure!! My son really likes the idea of a bird or rabbit. I know that a bird is pretty easy to care for and you can let them out, mindful of the cat of course, but I don't have enough experience with birds to know what they are like for a pet. Or what kind of bird either. Rabbits are cute, fun and a little harder to take care of than the above mentioned. Again, not a lot of experience with rabbits to know what kind of pet they make. Also, can you have them in the house or do they need to stay outside? What would you recommend for an 8 year old boy who is still very new at taking care of animals but loves them very much. He would love to take care of many animals, especially the creepy ones like snakes! But he also doesn't have the experience of handeling different animals. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!