Is My Child Ready
For A Family Pet?
At some point every
child asks that all time famous question.
“Can I have a pet?” While owning
a pet fosters responsibility and compassion,
some children are just not ready to help take
care of a pet...
by: Jennifer Gove
It is a huge responsibility
and one that must be given careful thought.
There are many things you
should consider as a family.
What kind of pet?
What kind of pet would fit
into your life style best. There are many options from
large dogs to little fish. You should carefully consider
the needs of each and what you think will fit into you
life style as well.
The happiest pet is one with
happy owners that don’t feel stressed by its care
and needs. You should study into types as well as breeds
so you know exactly what to expect breeds.
Can you afford the addition
of a pet?
Now that you have decided
on a type of pet. You need to consider the cost of owning
a pet. Pets even if you are given on free are very expensive.
If you have a dog or a cat there will be vet visits, food,
licensing, toys and supplies and if your pet should become
sick there are medications they may need. Owning a pet
is very expensive.
Do you have the time?
Animals require attention
just like we do as human beings. The need to be feed,
groomed, walked, played with. They need to know they are
loved. With out proper care they will suffer.
Families that are going threw
major changes such as a move or birth of a child or that
work long hours may just not have the time.
Do you live in an apartment?
Is a pet ok with your landlord? Will you have to pay a
separate pet deposit? Do you have the space? Is there
room in the back yard for a pet to roam? Are there laws
in your area regarding scooping and licensing? What are
Is he or she ready? Owning
a pet is a family matter. Never surprise your child with
a pet they are not expecting. Expectations about the pets
care and exercise should be laid out clearly.
Many children loose interest
in a pet after the first few weeks and leave mom and dad
to care for the pet. Pets require gentle handling and
understanding do you think your child is ready for that?
How do they react to animals you see out in public? Are
they rough, or afraid?
It may be better if they learn
some animal care before you add a pet to your home. Visits
to the local animal shelter are a wonderful start and
often the staff is willing to teach basic animal care
A pet is a huge commitment.
Many pets live for at least 15 years with proper care.
Will you still want this commitment then? Puppies, kittens
and such are cute, but they grow and have needs that must
About The Author
Jennifer is a full time mother
of nine children.She resides in a small fishing village
on the coast of Maine.She has been married for 12 years
to her best friend whom is also her loving husband. You
can find many more articles like this one at http://simplymoms.com
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