How to Choose the Best Pet For Your Child

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Chances are your child is imploring for a pet and you have no clue what to buy. It is important that you select the best pet for your child. Before buying or adopting any pet, it is important to consider the age of your child. Remember, children are adept in convincing their parents that they will take care of the pet and will continue to do so for the first few months. Then the responsibility of the animal’s upkeep falls on their parents.

Knowing pets and caring for them

The correct age for getting a pet of one’s own depends on multiple factors. A few children are lucky to be born into households where a pet is already part of the family. This makes it easier to introduce another pet to the child. If your family does not own a pet, you should adopt or buy a dog or a cat only if your child is minimum five years old. The reason is at this age, your child could walk and feed the pet. Children at this age can comprehend the difference between playing with an animal and mistreating it. Kids this age understands why dangerous objects should be kept out of reach and it is not a good idea to invade any animal’s personal space when it eats.

As a parent and a pet owner, it is important you teach your child how to care for pets. You have to closely supervise them. The young age makes an excellent age to teach your children responsibility. You should ask yourself a few questions before you choose the animal to adopt or buy. If you live in a flat, then adopting a puppy may not be the best choice as they are energetic. Consider also the time the pets would be alone inside the house while you and your spouse will be at work and your child at school. Some pets like to be alone and a few prefer company.

Pet selection

Be careful choosing a pet in-case your child suffers from allergies. Make sure that the animal is indirectly not increasing the allergic reaction. If you like to travel, then there is the consideration of keeping your pet in the care of others. Do remember that pet food is pricey. A good pack costs a lot of dollars.

Choose fish if you think your child can clean the aquarium and understand the benefits of fresh water. Guinea pigs are friendly and perfect for children aged 10 years and up. Rabbits could appear cute but they are mean beasts. They bite and they should be handled carefully. Kittens are extremely adorable and make superb entertainment sources. They also spike allergy levels. Puppies are fun but they must be toilet trained.