What kind of pet would you recommend for a seven year old girl?

My seven year old neice loves animals. And I know she would love to have a pet for Christmas. What would be an ideal 1st pet? I have been thinking about a hamster but wanted to get other opinions. It would have to be something small, she would love a kitty but I dont think they will allow a cat in the house all the... show more My seven year old neice loves animals. And I know she would love to have a pet for Christmas. What would be an ideal 1st pet? I have been thinking about a hamster but wanted to get other opinions. It would have to be something small, she would love a kitty but I dont think they will allow a cat in the house all the time.
Update: I do plan to get the OK from her parents before I get her anything. I've just been trying to figure out what to get her first.
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