Buying a pet for your child is a massive decision. Although you want to see a big smile on their face, you need to make sure that the smile won’t wear off before your new pet is even house trained. Your child needs to be ready for the responsibility a pet brings. Let’s take a look at some important things you need to remember before you buy a pet for your child:
The Pet Should Suit Your Lifestyle
The first thing you need to think about is your lifestyle. You can’t go out and buy your child a pet just because they think it’s cute, without knowing anything about it first. The pet needs to suit your lifestyle when it comes to how much time you have to look after it, the environment it needs,
and the kind of grooming it requires. All pets are different, and then you need to consider the breeds of the pet you’ve chosen! Some pets might not be suitable for your child at all, so make sure you do your research to avoid disaster.
Your Child Should Be Old Enough to Help
Your child will ideally be old enough to help with their new pet. This will teach them responsibility and what it takes to look after something. It all depends on what age they are, but they could help you clean a hamster’s cage, for example, or feed the dog. Make sure they have everything they need to do this. Supplies can be bought from places like Adog.co or a local pet shop. Make sure you have everything ready before you buy the pet! You could then write down which chores belong to who and display it somewhere so nobody forgets (if it’s a dog, you might want to get other family members involved too).
Your Child Should Learn About the Pet First
Before you buy the pet, or immediately after you introduce your child, you should have them learn about the pet. You might give them a book or give them some articles to read online. This will help them to understand the pet better and get to know what it needs and what it doesn’t need. Everybody will be happier this way.
The Pet Will Probably Cost More Than You’d Like
Pets always cost more than you want them to, so you need to be prepared for this and willing. Some need more vet appointments, others need medication, and sometimes your child might just beg you for an elaborate cage set up for snowy the Russian Dwarf. Make sure you can keep it up and that the pet won’t have to go without.
Remember these things before you go out and buy a pet for your child and everybody will be happier. You’ll pick a pet for your child that will suit them down to the ground, and the pet will be happy too. This is a really good opportunity to teach your child about responsibility. Leave your thoughts below!