If you had a child, the question of the pet will inevitably arise sooner or later. Dog, cat, rabbit, hamster … It’s a safe bet that your little one wants one of these cute companions.
Here are the things to keep in mind before letting pets enter to your child’s life.
- What is the life expectancy of the chosen companion?
- How much time do you have to devote to it?
- Do you have the necessary budget (veterinary, food, anti-flea treatment, vermifuge)?
- What will be done with the animal when we go on vacation or on weekends?
- Are all members of the family ready to welcome him?
- Is a family member allergic?
Parents generally end up with the most restrictive care, such as taking the dog out in the rain, emptying the litter, cleaning the cage or give to eat. It will be necessary to teach your child that his pet is not a toy, that he must take care of it and educate him.
Ideal pets for children:
In general, the cat gets along perfectly with the children, he likes to have fun with them and to be caressed. Its maintenance is, moreover, less restrictive than that of a dog.
On the other hand, the child is dependent on the goodwill of the animal. He can not force a cat to play or caress him if he does not want to.
When a dog shares your life, especially in the period of childhood, memory is permanently imbued by his company. Be careful, however, because adopting a dog is a real constraint that must be measured before launching. If you can not take it out three times a day, for example, it’s better to avoid it.
Likewise, a big dog will not be very happy in a small apartment. Concerning the breed, inquire beforehand with a professional (veterinarian, breeder). And do not hesitate, in case of difficulties, to seek advice from the canine educators.
The guinea pig is an animal that likes to be caressed and kissed. On the other hand, he can be very timid and tame him requires time and patience. The guinea pig does not like loneliness, if he lives alone he will need attention and live near humans.
It is a very good choice for a child from 4 years old, provided that the parents do not let him handle the animal unattended: fractures are quite common.
Very sweet, it seems that it can appease the most turbulent children. He likes to huddle in his arms.
Affectionate, intelligent, curious and very sociable, the dwarf rabbit is an ideal companion for children from 4 years old.
Watching it live is a real spectacle, but it is not very easy to handle. Be careful too, he lives at night. So avoid putting it in the child’s room. Children get tired quickly enough of this solitary animal, which does not necessarily seek contact.
Although it can bring a lot to your child, an animal is a reality that you must always consider, you have to feed it, take it out, brush it, take it to the veterinarian, have it kept during an absence extended. We can not treat it as a toy that we put aside when it no longer interests us.
He will become a new member of the family. Buying a pet is a long-term commitment. That’s why it’s important to think carefully about choosing an animal that suits your lifestyle.
In addition, your child will have to learn to respect his companion. Unlike a stuffed animal, a living animal does not always want to play when the child wants it. If he pulls the tail of his cat, it will quickly make him understand that he does not appreciate.
Likewise, the dog will tell him clearly that he doesn’t want to be disturbed when he eats. The child must be taught to recognize and respect these signals.