November 5, 2014
If you’re a parent, you might already know the sounds of a child or children asking for a pet or to add just one more to the family. I know I pestered the living daylights out of my mom for a cat. I’m a pet lover but I don’t recommend a family having a pet until they are ready for many reasons. Here are some tips if you are thinking about adding a pet to the family:
– Consider if your child or children are old enough for a pet to be around especially one that may be rambunctious. A fish tank may be another story but then again you want to keep it out of reach for certain ages.
– If your child promises to ‘walk the dog every day’, cover with your child before agreeing to the dog, what happens when they don’t walk the dog. Talk to them about why the dogs need to go out for a walk. Have a plan in place if your child cannot walk the dog by themselves. This goes for the promises of feeding the pet, cleaning a litter box or cage.
– As part of your planning, see if you can enroll with your child as part of a pet training program.
– Have your child read books first (if they are old enough) on taking care of a particular kind of pet.
– You can go to www.thebestcatlitterbox.com to learn more on cats and find cat facts.
– Involve your child in selecting the accessories that you need to have on hand. Being fully invested and interactive before the pet arrives may help later on down the road when it comes time to question the responsibility.
– Help your child understand that it’s not so easy to take the pet ‘back to the store’ if they just don’t want to be responsible.
Planning is key to adding a pet to any family, children or not children or just one child. Make sure you as the adult have time to add a pet to the mix. No one wants to regret adding a pet and not being able to take care of them.