Is your child ready for a pet?

By admin
19 September 2014

Your children are begging to have a wooly, tail-swinging playmate in the home, but are they ready for the responsibility?

Your children are begging to have a wooly, tail-swinging playmate in the home, but are they ready for the responsibility?  A pet is a wonderful friend for your child and various scientific studies  have confirmed the benefits of caring and taking responsiblity for a pet.

Before you give your children the green light, ask yourself these five questions:

  1. Are you and your children ready for the lifelong obligation? A pet is not just something you have to keep you company, you need to be prepapred to care for your pet for the rest of its life. Your children also need to be prepared to assist in the care and nurture of the pet.
  2. Can you maintain a pet at your home? If you live in a tiny apartment it may not be a good idea to get a big dog. Make sure that your home is  equipped for your pet, for example , is there a cat flap through which your pet can get in and out of the house?
  3. Who is going to feed your pet and take it for walks? If you are away from home often you need to make sure that someone will take care of your pet when you are not home, even if you are just staying out for one night. Explain to your childen that the pet will also be their responsibility and that they also need to offer of their time and adjust their routine for the benefit of the pet.
  4. Who is going to potty train your pet? Dogs and cats need to be taught where and when to ‘use the toilet’. Always have a scoop on hand to pick up after your pet.
  5. Are your children prepared to bath and brush a pet and care for it  when its sick? Just like people dogs also need to have their hygeine maintained and this is the responsibility of the owner. If you chose to get a cat you’ll be lucky as cats groom themselves.

-         Shané Barnard

Bronne: ADOPTAPET.COMPETMD.COMEVERYDAYHEALTH.COM

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