Pets and kids just naturally go together, in my opinion. I think they add so much to the learning experience of life and growing up. I know that when I was a kid, we had several pets plus some strays and some lost and founds going in and out of our lives all the time! All added and enriched our lives and the family experience.
Caring for a pet as a kid, any kind of pet, teaches you how to take care of something, how to keep it safe and healthy and also teaches you a thing or two about yourself. Plus you get so much back from the pet. It thrives, it grows, it looks to your for its nourishment, companionship and play (depending up on the pet!)
It an be a wild ride with a house full of kids and pets, but it is just so much fun!