Most kids love animals! We love them, too. Recent statistics claim there are as many as 19 million pets in UK homes: as the author Rudyard Kipling said, these cute, huggable, loving furry friends fast become an important member of the family.

There are copious ways to enjoy pets, even if you don't have an extra mouth to feed. Check out all the tips on on the app, a selection of which are below.

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Exploding Kittens 

Recommended on the app 3 times! Once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun (the rules feel complicated on first play, but watch their video). If you explode, you're out. "Fantastic family game, quick to set up," says this parent. Can be played by 2-5 players.

Hampstead Heath

The mecca for north London canines, miles of paths over hills and across woodland, plus a playground for the kids, ponds for the swimmers, a lido, fab views over London and a small cafe. Recommended by a mum of 2.

15 Things Not To Do With a Puppy

Pitched at ages 3 and above, the book leads with silly, humorous tips, and follows with well-pitched advice on the responsibility of owning a pet," says a mum of 2.

Black Country Park

Where to go during deer rutting season (Sept and Oct) when you can't unleash dogs at Richmond Park? More of a woodland playground, this park has a playground and circular lake path. "A lovely National Trust spot," says a mum of 2. For more dog-friendly parks in the capital, see here and here.

Borrow My Doggy

Register to this website as a borrower or an owner, this service connects the two, for local people who love dogs. That's your weekend away sorted!

Zoomer Kitty Toy

"Zoomer Kitty is the perfect pet! She loves to play, purr and jump!" says a mum of 3. "She sings, dances and performs secret tricks."

FurReal Friends Bootsie Toy

This comes with a more expensive price tag, but then she is interactive... her moods change, you can cuddle her and giver a treats. "This cute feline is full of personality," recommends a mum of 3.

L.O.L. Surprise Pets

Unbox the surprise to unveil your pet. It could be a puppy, a pony or perhaps a skunk! Includes a sticker, charm, an accessory, oh and a purse carrying set. Recommended by a mum of 2.

Spotty Dog

The Orchard Toys brand doesn't disappoint, says this tip. We agree! "Young ones count (up to 20) biscuit bones and the winner is the one with the most at the end. My daughter and friends don't realise they are learning maths, to them it's just a fun board game." For ages 3-6.

Mummy, can we have a dog please? 

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