If you have a child that is at that age of one or older, and is begging you constantly for a pet here are some reasons to help you decide if bringing a pet into your home is the right choice for you and your child.
Lessons in caring for animals teach children to develop very positive skills that contribute to a child throughout their entire life.
Many children raised with pets have better self-esteem and self-confidence with in themselves. They also develop trusting relationships with that pet, like they would with their stuffed animal. They share their secrets and private thoughts with their special pal.
Pets provide lots of life lessons besides responsibilities. These lessons include; reproduction, birth, illnesses, accidents, death, and bereavement.
They also learn gentleness, empathy, and commitment in learning to raise and care for their pets as well as respect for all animals big and small.
Cuddly creatures require love and attention to survive but most need daily food, water, and exercise. And some need training; their cages or litter boxes cleaned daily. No matter how much your child says they will do it, the responsibility for the pet’s health is up to you. And mommies beware: It ends up being mommy’s job.
All cuddly creatures can carry health risks and can tend to bite or scratch when feeling testy such as cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, and bunnies (which can happen when small children chase, tease or grab them). Both reptiles and birds can carry harmful bacteria like Salmonella that can be transmitted to children.
Pets are not horrible hassles. They just need to be chosen, purchased, and handled with care. Millions of animals that are abandoned and euthanased, every year in shelters are testament to the fact that just one badly motivated pet purchase can cause great suffering for the animal, the family, or both. That means that no matter how insistently your child begs for a certain pet, it’s you who must decide if the pet is truly right for your particular family.
All kinds of pets bring children pleasure. But it is important to choose a pet that is right for your family, your home and your lifestyle. One that your child can help care for. Choose one that is none aggressive by nature. Also, remember even trained and domesticated animals can be aggressive at times. Consider exotic animals carefully, they may be difficult to care for.