Every kindergarten kid has a dog or cat they would like to own. But if you do indulge your child with a pet, make sure you explain that the pet is their responsibility. This is true even during vacations. But before you get a pet, consider a few things so that it does not end up in an animal shelter.
- Are you sure your child needs a pet? Often, the demand for a pet or cuddly animal disguises a desire for attention and affection.
- Your child must learn to handle the animal. Small cats are not house trained and puppies need to be raised
- Sometimes, a child’s interest in a pet is short-lived. If this happens, be prepared to take care of the pet yourself.
- With a pet at home, there’s loads more work to be done: a litter box to clean, food shopping, skin care, regular walks, etc. Some children take pleasure in performing these chores but if your’s doesn’t, you will have to do the job.
- If on holiday, will a neighbour feed your cat or dog or will grandma take care of him?
What you should know about different animal species
Some animals are nocturnal, some need a lot of exercise while still others are difficult to tame. Here’s something to think about while choosing a pet.
- For a bird cage, an apartment is not appropriate
- Fish care is a science. It takes a lot to maintain an aquarium.
- Cats are very stubborn and have a mind of their own. But they are easier to look after than dogs and do not need constant attention.
- Dogs can be excellent playmates if they are good-natured and well behaved. But dogs vary considerably in their nature. They also need a lot of care and attention.
So help your kid befriend your pet. You sure would love it.