Picking a Pet

While pets can be challenging, picking a pet perfect for your family is rewarding and valuable.

If you’re searching for the ideal pet for your family type, keep reading for a full guide to the picking a pet that will become a part of your family in no time.

Consider Your Childs Age and Development

At some point, most children get interested in having a pet, asking or begging you for one. Having a pet can teach a child about responsibility, but knowing the right pet to choose based on your child’s age and development is a must. This ensures that they can have a hand in caring for it.

Infants and toddlers do not yet understand the difference between live animals and stuffed animals, so their ability to care for them is out of the question. Waiting until a more developed age is key in letting your child have a relationship with their new pet.

If your feeling impatient to add a furry friend to your home, 8 is an age where your child can understand both the pet’s boundaries and needs. If your child is under 10, you’ll want to supervise them heavily while they care for their pet, and when they get a little older, you can give them more responsibility.

The care of an animal will always fall mostly on the parent, so make sure you’re prepared for the responsibility.

Small and Manageable Animals

If you’re considering a small pet for your family, avoid reptiles, hamsters, and rabbits. These animals are nocturnal and are not fans of being handled. You don’t want a pet that is constantly biting your child that is just eager to play with them.

If you want a small and caged animal, consider a guinea pig. They are easy to care for and love being handled by their owners.

Research Cat and Dog Breeds

If you’re after a cat or dog, an important aspect to keep in mind is which breeds will be best with your child.

A social, well-tempered, friendly and adaptable breed is best for a family with children who may be loud and handsy with your pet. Avoid any territorial breeds, they could have issues with your children who don’t know boundaries yet.

Cats are a great option for a family who wants a furry friend without constant monitoring. Teaching your child how to look after a kitten can teach them basic skills such as feeding them and filling their water bowls and possibly helping with cleaning their litter.

A puppy is a lot of work, especially for a family that is already busy with small children. Consider an older dog if your family is yearning for a dog, but doesn’t have time for the hassle of training it.

Tips for Picking a Pet

Keep these tips in mind when picking a pet for your family. The perfect furry friend will bring you and your family so much joy.

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