Children and pets

2016-06-07 06:00

Be pet wise
If you're considering buying a puppy, make sure that you do your homework first. Safeguard yourself against fraudsters selling poorly developed pets that are prone to disease.

The Pet Food Industry (PFI) Association recommends buying pets only from reputable and registered breeders. For more information on pet owners, breeders and how to join a pet club, go to www.petwise.co.za.

Do cats really love milk?
Most of us were raised believing that cats adore milk, however most cats are actually lactose intolerant. They cannot digest the sugars in milk and they may develop diarrhoea and stomach problems for a few days after drinking milk.

If you really want to give your kitty milk, find a milk substitute created especially for cats at your local pet store. It will not upset their tummies and also has more nutritional value than real milk.

If your cat is not lactose intolerant, only give milk as an occasional treat. Fresh, cool water is much more beneficial to their health and will help to keep them hydrated.

Feline moods
Have you ever wondered what kind of mood your cat is in? The tail betrays a lot. If it is held high, it means he's happy.

A twitching tail is normally a warning sign and one tucked in close to the body is a sign of insecurity.

Question
My six-year-old daughter would love a pet. Is it a good idea to get her one?

Answer
Research has confirmed that having a pet is beneficial not just for older people, but for young children as well. Owning a pet teaches them responsibility, helps build self-esteem and improves social skills.

Children should feel respected, needed and loved by others, and pets fulfill all these needs. With the demands of our modern lifestyles – rapid changes to family structures, single-parent homes and working mothers, – pets can help ease a child's feelings of loneliness or isolation.

However, remember to supervise children at all times while they handle animals, for the safety of the child as well as the pet. - Women24

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