How To Choose The Right Pet For Your Family

By in Pets on 28 September 2009

Owning a pet is a wonderful learning experience for a child. It teaches them job responsibility, and how to care for another living thing. Before you get a pet for your child, however, be aware that even though your child may promise that they’ll look after their pet, you’ll more than likely bear the brunt of its care.

What type of pet would suit your family? There are lots of things to consider.

Firstly, what’s your family budget? Owning a dog or a cat can cost up to $1000 per year for food and routine health care. Should your pet become unwell or gets injured, that figure can skyrocket. If money is tight, consider a smaller pet that isn’t as costly to look after. Rats and birds can both be very sociable pets that will happily develop a great relationship with your child, but not send you broke. Keep in mind that both these animals are intelligent, and need attention and interaction. They don’t like being left alone.

How much space do you have? If you have a big backyard, your child may love to romp and play with a dog. If you live in a townhouse or apartment, you’ll find that many dogs would be unhappy in that environment. A cat would be ideal for you – they’re affectionate and will sit on your lap on the couch, but they don’t need too much space.

Busy families may not have much time for a dog. To keep a dog happy, they need exercise and training. Some dogs, such as herding breeds, need more exercise than others, but they all need to be walked. If you’re short of time, again consider a cat or a pocket pet such as a rat. You’ll have a pet that’s very happy to see you come home from work, but won’t expect an hour long hike when you’re weary.

Lastly, how old are your children? Young children may find it hard to live with a dog. Puppies have sharp teeth and may be nippy. Large dogs may knock them over. Small dogs can be fragile and may be dropped by young hands.

There is another consideration that relates to the age of your children. Often, the loss of a pet is a child’s first experience of death. Pet rats, mice and guinea pigs don’t have a long lifespan. Depending on the age of your child, you may not want to choose a pet that will only live a year or two, to allow your child to be older when that pet passes.

If you have no space, very limited money and no time to spend on a pet, you may enjoy an aquarium. Fish don’t need training, exercise or attention. They only need feeding and regular cleaning. Even though they’re not very interactive, they still allow your child to learn to be responsible for something other than themselves.

It’s so important that, when you’re choosing a pet, you select one that best suits your lifestyle. Choosing the wrong pet can not only make your life difficult, it could make your pet miserable. Spend some time planning, and both your family and your new pet will be happy with your decision.


Top Dog Breeds for Young Families

Despite all of the possible pets a family could get, the dog is still the most popular. If you have young children, you may be confused about which type of dog is best for you. The following is a list of top dog breeds for young families; perhaps you’ll find one breed you’ll like out […]

Allergies in Children and Your Pets

Research indicates that the incidence of allergies in children is increasing from year to year. This includes allergies to pets. A large percentage of households now include a family member who is allergic to animals. Children can be allergic to all of the common pet species – birds, dogs, cats and small mammals such as rats […]

How to Build an Outdoor Play Space for Your Young Children

Parents spend a good portion of their time at work, earning the money needed for their family. Children, on the other hand, either spend their time in school or at their job – playing. Learning how to build an outdoor play space for your young children will give them somewhere to use their imaginations as […]

Caring Tips for Pet Bunnies

People choose to keep pets because they meet a need that other people can’t. Some people choose pets such as dogs or cats while others choose to keep pet rabbits. Follow these caring tips for pet bunnies; isn’t difficult but it does take time and effort on the part of the owner. Being cute and cuddly […]

6 Survival Tips For Stay At Home Moms

Watching over the kids, cleaning the house, and cooking meals are just among the few things that many stay at home moms do for most days of the week.  The responsibility of keeping a home and raising kids may sound so routinary or even manageable, but it in truth it can be quite demanding. Many […]

Advertise Here