Pets for Children

When is a Child ready for a Pet?

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When is a Child ready for a Pet

My six-year-old daughter asked me if we could get a dog as a pet for her. My first reaction was “No”….. I saw the heartbreak on her face and that got me thinking if I had been too quick to take that call.

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| Dec 15, 2012

We got a pet when my daughter was 8 months old... just a stray kitten that was headed to the SPCA. Cats are a wonderful option if you feel that dog is too much of a responsibility... my daughter is now 7 and both of them have grown well together. tho of course the cats do not respond like dogs and do not shower you with love and affection, but my daughter has realized that and showers them instead :) if she can corner them. cats look after themselves, clean themselves. We have 2 cats now and both have been brought up on cat biscuits. even we are out of town for a few days, we can leave the cats at home with enough food and water to last them throughout our absence. One thing is certain, she loves animals, is not scared of them, has grown up to be a very affectionate child and wants to be a vet when she grows up :)

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Neetu Ralhan

| Oct 26, 2012

In our case, it was me who was not ready for a pet. I had to explain to him the work involved with having a pet at home and as of now I would be unable to handle the additional responsibility, thankfully my child understood, and may be in a few months time, we will reconsider the decision.

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| Aug 23, 2012

Also, hygiene focus is a must for all parents with pets at home. Make simple rules, follow them, role model them so that your child enjoys his/her petting responsibly.

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Nina Nair

| Aug 23, 2012

I was perhaps 4 yrs old when my parents brought home our first dog. Since then, with just a gap of 6 yrs in between, I have always had pets. Which is why when I got married, my husband and I wanted a dog even before we thought of having a baby. I strongly believe that children who grow up with pets at home are a lot more loving, compassionate, responsible and accommodating. To me, it was very important that when my baby is finally home, a pet should already be around. Today, at 2. 2 yrs, my daughter and my doggie son get along like a house on fire. They behave like siblings and I cannot describe the joy of watching them together. But a word of caution: pets are just like children. Only that mentally they do not grow up. They remain children forever. My request to parents is that do not get a pet unless you are 100% sure that you can handle the responsibility. But if you truly love animals and have grown up with a pet (I am an only child and my pets were like brothers or sisters to me), this wont seem like a responsibility at all! :)

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