Children love to have pets as they are excited and attracted by the responses they get from them. It also helps them to inculcate a sense of responsibility. But the fundamental question that intrigues all parents when they set out to buy pets for their kids is – which pet is best for my child?
There are a couple of things to be kept in mind when choosing pets for your children. Many kinds of pets available these days so you need to be clear about the size of your pet, the amount of care it will need and its dwelling place. Apart from this its food and grooming must be taken into consideration. But most importantly, how much are you willing to invest in buying a pet and maintaining it. All family members must be vaccinated against rabies and other pet-related diseases too.
Benefit For Getting A Pet For Your Kids
Certainly the age of your child will determine the size of the pet, to quite an extent. A toddler will not be able to look after its self, so taking care of a pet is out of the question. Apart from the amount of time that you and your family are going to spend with the pet, you will have to supervise the grooming of the pet. Children need to be taught that taking care of a pet is a daily responsibility. They just can not shirk their duty towards its care, even if they are bored with it.
Depending upon the type of pet you and your children decide on, the cost of its daily care. For example, if you pick a parrot, a hamster, white mice or rabbit, you will have to invest in a spacious cage, food, and lodging, vet bills, and annual injections, etc. The same is true for dogs or Cheshire cats, except the bills would be a bit more expensive and you will need collars, kennels in your garden, for bigger pets. When going on a holiday you may be allowed to carry a pet to some holiday locations. It is great to play and run with dogs by the beach. If you cannot take the dog with you, then you must find someone to care for it.
Pets, either big or small, all require almost daily cleaning, brushing, exercise, etc., apart from food and water. If you opt for a dog, you will need to walk him and give him sufficient exercise to keep him fit. In case you keep long working hours and the children are at school, you will have to arrange for the pet to be fed.
All pets love human contact, so be rest assured that when you come back from work, you will get much more than the wag of a dog’s tail. It is always a good idea to spend a little quality time with your pet, just as you would do with a fellow human being. School vacations are a wonderful time to bond with the pet and understand them.