Pets are an important part of our family.
Many of us have had pets ever since we were little kids, and the experience made us want to have a pet by our side throughout our life.
If your child is begging you for a pet, your first instinct might be to accommodate this desire.
We wouldn’t blame you.
We understand the impact the unconditional love between a pet and their human has on people. This is one reason we’re working at your local veterinarian office.
But before giving into your child’s requests right away, it’s best to first determine if they’re really ready to have a pet. After all, pets require a lot of care and attention.
Is your child ready?
Here are some ways to find out.
What Is Involved In Successfully Caring For a Pet?
Before deciding whether your child is ready for a pet or not, it’s best to make sure you and your family as a whole is really prepared for pet ownership.
What does a pet require?
First of all, they require a long-term commitment. Most pets live a number of years – some of them (like birds and turtles) can live for decades.
Are you prepared to care for a pet for this long?
Next, evaluate your lifestyle.
Are you on the go a lot? It’s easy for a pet to fall into depression or bad habits if they’re left home alone all the time. They aren’t trying to be naughty – they’re just lonely and restless.
Finally, remember pets need daily care. This is something you’ll probably need to remind your children of often.
Pets need to be fed and exercised on a daily basis. Plus, they need to be bathed and groomed regularly, and see their local veterinarian consistently, too.
Do you and your children really have enough time in your schedule to commit to caring for pet?
Is Your Child Ready? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself
If you decide you have the time to care for a new pet, the next step is to determine whether your child is ready to start their own pet ownership journey.
Here are some questions to consider.
1. Does Your Child Request a Pet Consistently?
This is one sign your child is, indeed, ready for a pet.
If they ask only occasionally, you can be sure their interest may very well be short lived once you bring a pet into the home.
But if a child understands the responsibilities of owning a pet and still asks for one – this is a good sign they will be consistent with their interest in and care of the pet.
2. How Responsible Is Your Child in General?
It’s important to be honest here. As parents, we see the best in our children.
But when it comes to owning a pet, we need to make sure your child is responsible enough to care for one.
Age really isn’t a factor here – it’s the maturity level which needs to be taken into consideration.
Think about the following questions carefully.
- Does your child show empathy for animals?
- How does your child interact with and treat other people?
- Is your child forgetful or neglectful when it comes to their personal responsibilities?
- Is your child careless or reckless?
- Does your child understand a pet isn’t like a toy they can toss if they become bored with it?
3. Is Your Child Prepared to Do the Work Every Single Day?
Pet ownership is fun, but it’s hard work – plain and simple.
Is your child prepared to clean up after their pet, bathe it, feed it, and spend time with it on a daily basis?
Bring Your Pet to Your Buckhead Animal Clinic – We Will Give You Lots of Pet Care Tips
Giving your child a pet is one of the best things you can do for your child. They will learn how to care for and respect animals, and it will give them the gift of love. What better gift is there?
If you decide your child is ready for a pet, we welcome you to bring them both into our animal clinic. Contact us and we will be happy to give you and your child the tips you need to keep your pet happy and healthy.