Picking The Right Pet For Children To Love
Getting a pet for your child is a huge commitment no matter how big or small your pet will be. Before you take such a big step you should ensure you do all the research and gather up as much information as you can about pets and their individual care. Here is lots of information on potential first pets for your kids though we advise you do lots more checks yourself before adopting a new animal.
Small furry pets can be a good choice for many families as they can be a good starter pet for younger kids and less hassle than a puppy or a kitten. However, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice all require clean cages and quite a lot of upkeep. Though they are small it is amazing how much cleaning up is required to reduce the chances of a smelly nest. Rabbits need lots of fresh vegetables too and they need regular exercise and attention. Hamsters and gerbils may not require as much but they still need love and unless your child is comfortable with pets it could be a bad idea getting a small furry pet. Children need to be careful with little fluffy pets and have lots of patience as these pets don’t show love in the way a puppy would. It takes more patience.
Everyone loves puppies and it is fair to say they are the most popular of pets, but they require the most care and indeed, commitment. A pup will need training, regular food and lots of love and attention. In fact, it is recommended that a new pup goes to a home that usually has an owner at home throughout the day. Pups grow lonely and they need regular exercise so children alone, aren’t enough to care for a puppy. It will require constant care from all the family and it is a huge step. Remember older dogs can be found in shelters and they offer just as much love as a pup with less trouble. If you are looking to find the perfect pup again, avoid puppy farms or anything you consider a puppy farm. The best pups can be found in shelters and you are donating to a good cause too. Don’t forget to insure your puppy for those unexpected vets’ bills.
Kittens can be great additions to family life and offer less hassle than a puppy but lots of love in return! They do need some training with litter trays and though you can leave them alone they will require some affection to socialise them properly. Kittens are available at local shelters and older cats too can be a lovely pet. Remember cats tend to travel off so ensure they have a collar with a phone number on it. Getting them insured is a good idea too as many cats get injuries such is their inquisitive nature. They are playful and for this alone they make children happy with their constant funny disposition.
Always check out your local shelters when looking for new pets and do your research as some pets will not suit some lifestyles. Talk to your kids and make sure they are ready for a big commitment and will help with the pets’ care. Nothing should be left to you and it must be a joint effort.
Written by Emma Hayes staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at www.emmamadjotters.com.