Factors to consider before bringing pets home for your kids

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It is a good thing to bring something home, but your kids may not see it as you see it. They may see it as a fluffy item! However, there are a couple of things you need to take into consideration before you decide on bringing something fluffy home.

The first thing you need to consider is your lifestyle
Before you consider bringing something fluffy home, you need to put your housing situation, family’s lifestyle, and the cost of owning a pet into consideration.

Lifestyle is a huge consideration. If your family do not like daily walks, you will not have to buy a dog home, but a cat will be better. However, a cat can live up to 15-20 years; but if you cannot take this long to look after a cat, you can go for a pet with a shorter lifespan.

Also, if you are living in an apartment with your family, opting for a small dog may not be the most suitable choice. This is because small dogs are full of energy and they may go stir-crazy. Instead, you may go for a cat or a greyhound. Although cats need many things to be occupied and greyhounds do require daily walks, they are a better option.

Costs
When you are considering price as a factor, you may have to see this based on the type of pet you are bringing home. To make this easy, you need to do your research to know the actual cost and other costs in the future. This will help you know the amount of money you will need to keep the pet and its health concerns for a long time.

Care for the pet
You need to see if your family will work to take proper care of the pet. You need to discuss this with the entire family. All members of the family need to understand that taking care of a pet is a daily responsibility. The understanding of this varies among children; while some teenagers do not understand this, many young kids understand fully the commitments required by owning a pet.

Preparing your children
This may not be an easy task as it takes a lot of time to do. You need to encourage your children and let them imaging several things from the animal’s point of view. Since animals have feelings too, you need to help your children to think about how animals feel. This way, the new pet may feel very scared or be excited to be in a new home; it all depends on the feelings of your children. As a parent, you need to know the signs of the pet under stress to know when to take the pet away from the children.

Size
You need to know that ‘small in size’ does not necessarily mean ‘small in an effort’. Therefore, you need to do your research very well as small pets may require a significant effort to take care. Animals like cats, rabbits, dogs, and guinea pigs need some form of exercise; this does not mean that you need to get a big yard for them. Breeds like greyhound would require a daily walk, and energetic dogs will need a yard.

You need all these factors before bringing a new pet home for full enjoyment. With these factors carefully taken care of, your family and the pet will have a pleasant life together.

Author: InfoKids Team

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