Tips to choose first pet for your child
Having pets helps children learn how to take responsibility. Self-esteem and trust also increase the development of love and care for pet animals.
Another factor in the development of a child’s non verbal communication capacities is a good relationship between the young pet owner and his furry pal.
It can also contribute to empathy and sympathy – two main characteristics that make people human.
Having a new pet in the family is one of the most enjoyable, fun and exciting things you can do.
However, it can also be very hard in the beginning. Having a pet is a big change in lifestyle. In this Blog, we will articulate few tips to help choose your child’s First pet.
How to Choose your Child's first pet -Tips to choose first pet for your child
Are you pet Ready?
A pet will share your life and home, and you have a lot of room in both of them.
You should choose pets that do not require much care, such as fish or reptiles for if you work long hours or your family is spent for the best part of the day at work, school, or extracurricular activities.
A Survey of some Veterinarians and animal wineries says that box turtles, leopard geckos, and beta fish are the least demanding low-maintenance pets.
Small animals such as hamsters, rabbits and pigs actually need more time and support than most people believe.
Besides time, there are many other things you need to consider; you must have an animal that fits literally into your home if you’re short on space.
For instance, in a small flat or cluttered home, a big Husky will not fit.
Check with your landlord if you have an apartment to determine what pets you are allowed to have and what sort of weight restrictions are applicable.
Cats, smaller-breed dogs like Pugs, ShihTzus, cavoodles , reptiles, fish, birds, and many exotic pets such as hedgehogs and chinchillas are common apartment-friendly pets.
Is your Child Pet Ready?
Now you are ready to bring in the New pet for your Child, But think about if your Child ready and responsible enough to have a pet?
Your child will be responsible for the pet you bring home. But it is your job as a parent to ensure that your child stays healthy while still learning how to be a pet owner.
Answer the three questions below to determine if your family is willing to have a pet,
Is your child is responsible , Old enough and willing to look after the family pet?
Are you committed to this effort to supervise him and take care of the pet?
You should only go to the next phase of the pet selection process if you answer “yes” to both of the above questions.Period!.
Begin the Journey with Small and Low-maintenance Pets.
It would be wise to start with something small when you choose your child’s first pet. Fish, rodents, birds and other caged pets are preferable as they need to meet with their owners less face-to-face.
When our daughter was around 4 yo, we started off with a bunny( Junior) as pet member of the house. Later we had a cat(Zoee) and Now our daughter is 10yo and we have cavapoo Puppy(Rover).
She is now responsible enough to take care of him, helps feeding him ,pet him and also takes him out for Training with her dad.
Take a note of this- Even though your child is the Official owner , as an adult you are mostly responsible for all your pet’s food, water, treats , trainings ,health and wellbeing. Rodents, such as hamsters and other smaller mammals, may require a little more care than, say, a goldfish, or any other fish or a turtle or even a bird.
All you need to do is feed them well and you are ready to go!.
On the other hand, Dogs( Most of them) need constant attention, petting, and Outdoor activities to keep them fit and healthy.
If you or your child is unable to provide all these, It’s advisable not to have a dog as your child’s First pet.
Top 6 Low Maintenance and small pets to consider as your Child’s 1st pet!
Other animal-care professionals promote birds or fish as ideal first pets for children.
What is the most high maintenance pet?
Dogs can be regarded as high-care pet animals because they need exercise and an adequate diet to stay healthy and regular cleaning of their environment.
They also need physical training and mental stimulation when it comes to obedience, behaviour signs like chewing, biting, digging, and jumping.
Consider the Personality of Your Child's Potential First Pet
Are you Having tough time to find the right pet for your Child? The problem may be that they don’t fit the personality of your child.
For Instance, you need a pet that doesn’t easily get nervous or that is hyper active if you have super active children.
The most challenging combination is a fearful/too laid back pet with a very active child Or visa versa.
Before adoption , do your homework & Research online and learn about the unique temperament, habits and requirements known to the pet breed – it’s critical, particularly when you are matching dog breed with your children’s temperament.
For Instance, cavoodles(a.k.a Cavapoo) are Homely, laid back and family dogs that are suitable for young and older children.
Veterinarian behaviourists advise parents to take time to understand some of the Behaviours of their new Pet and match them with Child’s Temperament.
Consider Allergies Before Getting A Cat or Dog
Please don’t get any pet if you and your kids are allergic to cats or dogs.
While you may want the pet to be rescued, if you can’t do it without coughing, sneezing, and itchy watery eyes you can’t offer the love and attention it needs.
Thankfully, some people who are allergic to dogs don’t have any symptoms when they are close to breeds that do not produce much dander like the hypoallergenic and designer dogs list that include Poodles, cavoodles, spoodle and moodles, and Groodles and many more such breed.
It is an exciting and fun time to have your child’s First pet.
However, it is also time to collect information and make sure that you have a pet’s room , much needed accessories and time and that the personality of your possible pet fits your situation, your home and your Child’s activity level.
Whether it is a puppy for a growing active family, a dog for adults,a cat for a loner , a fish tank that you can spend hours looking at or a turtle that you can have for years, choose wisely to make the life you deserve for your new family member.
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