Having pets will be a fun hobby that you can have. With their funny body shape, their unique behavior and their color, they can attract anyone who loves animal. You will find that animals that are separated from their original environment have a high dependence on anyone who keeps them. Thus, any kind of pet would need love, attention and responsibility starting from its food, shelter, until the matter of cleanliness.
If you have a child who wants to get a pet, you need to listen to the opinion of psychologists from Western Washington University, Olin Eugene Myers, Jr. According to him, there are several factors that determine the interaction between children and animals.
He explained that the reaction of children to the animals depends on the animals’ initial response. For example, when a child becomes acquainted with a kitten that is very funny and lively that make them were familiar joke, the positive response has been implanted in that child.
When a child caring, kissing and hugging his/her favorite animal, the animal will also provide a response back with his/her movements. The animal will be very spoiled when it is around him/her. When a child plays with your pet, the pet would be happy to cavort. That is the expression of feeling that it shows to that child.
Furthermore, Myers explained that when a child has a positive impression and feels that he gets something from the pet, the child will treat his/her pet as a friend. That child will have a sense of caring and responsibility to keep the pet.
Psychologically, children who keep animals become more caring and more responsible. There seems to be there is a positive side for keeping animal. Based on a research, make friends with animals teaches children responsibility, encourage the growth of awareness, a sense of solidarity, friendship, safety, comfort and facilities to channel affection. Some kids even use pet as a friend when they are bored, lonely, or when they are sad.
However, when your child wants to have pets that are not prevalent as snakes, iguanas or child of a tiger, you should not allow him/her. You should choose the animal that can be good pet such as cat, dog etc. Therefore, when your children have pets, do not forget to check the pets’ health to the veterinarian regularly.