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4-H clover 4-H Pets Project

What you'll do

Which pets would fit into your family? How could you be an excellent caretaker? Learn about a variety of small pets, such as birds, guinea pigs, iguanas, snakes or frogs.


  • Feeding
  • Housing and daily needs
  • Choosing a pet
  • Pet body parts identification
  • Pet art
  • Pet communication
  • Handling
  • Genetics and reproduction

Levels of learning


Fairs and exhibits


Future study and careers

You could study animal behavior or animal training. Therapy animals come in many shapes and sizes. 

Animal care workers groom or train pets. Veterinarians, vet technicians and vet assistants care for sick cats and other pets. They may also research animal diseases and health. Wildlife biologists and zoologists study animals and their ecosystems.

Reviewed in 2018

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