Most households have a pet of some description at one time or another, so it's really no surprise that children are enamoured with the idea of having a companion of the animal variety! From Lassie to Scooby Doo, Toothless to Garfield, fictional pets have been capturing our hearts for as long as we can remember and they all come with their own special set of skills, be it lifesaving, catching bad guys or an incredibly good homing ability.

If you've got a pet mad little one and are absolutely set on not getting a dog, try some of these books! Maybe a little pet-related silliness is what's needed to put them off!

Oi Cat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

This super fun and absurdly funny read-aloud picture book will have your children in fits of giggles as you read along, learning about Cat's plight at having to sit on gnats! From the creators of Oi Frog! Suitable for 3+ years 

Shampooch by Heather Pindar and Susan Batori

With whiskers waxed, nose polished and her diamanté collar, Shampooch is the most pampered dog in the whole park. But will she manage to avoid all the dirty distractions? Shampooch is a laugh-out-loud tale for all the dog lovers that has an important message at its heart – not to judge others by the way they look. Available free for subscribers on the Cloudaloud app. Suitable for 3+ years.

My Hamster is a Spy by Dave Lowe and The Boy Fitz Hammond

A spate of burglaries has hit the neighbourhood, and the Jinks household hasn't been spared. With only a baby monitor, some drawing pins and a penguin-suit to hand, Stinky and Ben put together a plan to catch the criminals. As well as being a spy, this terribly talented hamster is also a detective, an astronaut and a pirate. Suitable for 7+ years. 

I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

The story of one dog's attempt to save his family, become a star, and eat a lot of bacon. Cosmo's family is falling apart. And it's up to Cosmo to keep them together. He knows exactly what to do. There's only one problem. Cosmo is a Golden Retriever. Wise, funny and filled with warmth and heart, I, Cosmo is sure to become a new favourite at your house! Available free for subscribers on the Cloudaloud App. Suitable for 9+ years.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER! But what if Hiccup's dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . . Can Hiccup save the tribe - and become a Hero? Suitable for 9+ years 

We hope that these do something to quench that need to get a pet, though we fear we may have made it a LOT worse. Sorry!