Are Your Kids Ready For Pets?

So your child wants a pet of his/her very own. Are you sure you are ready to handle it? Is he/she?

Infants can’t handle any sort of pet. They aren’t old enough to take care of one. You will have to supervise the interaction between your child and you.

A toddler will pull an animal’s tail; try to pick it up and squeeze it. You will have to supervise their together time and if you allow the child to help with feeding and cleaning you have to supervise the work, too.

A guinea pig is a recommended pet for a child from 3-5. You should still supervise the time your child spends with the animal. They like to be held and are small enough to be held by a little person. You will have to take care of feeding and cleaning the cage.

A child can handle taking care of a fish in a bowl. He/she can feed the fish and talk to it but you, the adult, will have to clean the bowl.

Children are ready to take care of a dog or cat around 12. By this age, they can clean the litter box, walk the dog, make certain the animal has food and water. When your children are older teens remember that they continue to take care of the animal but when they go away to college it will become your job.

People often give baby rabbits and chicks to children for Easter. This is not a good idea. Children have a very short attention span and do not understand how fragile these animals are. I would not let anyone give a child a pet without first talking to me.

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