Choosing The Best Pets For Kids
by: Larry Chamberlain

"Can I have a puppy? Please, oh please, I'll take care of it
and look after it and everything"

Just what do you say to your kids when they ask for a pet?
It is perfectly true that growing up with a family pet can
teach children responsibility and to develop their social
skills. Also cultivating good feelings towards pet animals
helps kids to develop a sense of self esteem and help them
to establish trusting relationships with other human beings.
But before you give in to your kid's demands for a pony,
rabbit, salamander, kitten, boxer, python, or macaw, there
is plenty for you to consider.

The first thing to keep in mind is that no matter how much
your kid promises that she or he will be the one to take
care of the pet, some if not all of that responsibility will fall
upon you. That is an inevitable, inescapable fact. No
matter how good the child's intention is, there will be some,
and perhaps many, occasions when other things take
priority in their minds and the pet is unintentionally
neglected. That is, the pet would be neglected if you were
not there to step in, because somebody has to.

Secondly a child may sincerely believe that the thing that
they most want in the world is a cute little black and white
kitten, just like their best friend of the moment has. The
child has really convinced themselves that they want a
kitten, and a kitten will hold their interest for ever and ever.
And so it would, until their new best friend of next week
gets a pet lizard which is just sooo cool. So you will want to
make absolutely sure that the pet that your child is
demanding will be a long term passion, and not just a
fleeting interest.

It will be a good idea to discuss the idea with the whole
family. How do they feel about yapping dogs, hair shedding
Persian cats, squawking parrots? If one of your children is
allowed their very own pet hamster, will all of the child's
siblings demand a pet of their own too? Does anybody in
the family suffer with an allergy that would make sharing
their home with a certain animal intolerable?

Is the type of animal your child is asking for suitable for
yourfamily, and your family's life style? A dog that needs
two trips to the park every single day may not be suitable
for a family who is away from the house all day. And no
matter how much the child promises that they will walk the
dog, there will be times that they will fail to do so, (and
times that you may not want them to, after dark for
example). Choosing pets for kids is not easy, often the type
of pet that they plead for would not be the best match for
their age and experience with animals.

You should also consider cost. Not only the cost of
acquiring a pet, but more importantly the cost of taking
care of it. All animals involve a financial commitment, food,
vet bills, pet care products etc. You don't want to acquire a
pet for your kid only to find that you don't have the financial
means to keep it. Small pets for kids often have less costs
involved in looking after them than larger pets do.

There are many other things to consider when choosing
pets for kids, but hopefully this short article will have
prompted you to think about the fact that buying an animal
for a child, is not the same thing as buying a kid a cell
phone or a bicycle. Pets are living breathing creatures,
they need care, they need commitment, they need love.

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