Listed here are 10 Essential Reality Checks for YOU to think about when’others’are taking into consideration the addition of a new pet to your family or household.
So you’ll need a pet or at least the kids want a puppy, well there is nothing unnatural about that, the complete idea will sound great…but wait a minute, stop and think…. there are several great positives about any of it idea….there will also be some essential reality checks that want thinking about….a quick go through my checklists below will allow you to create a more realistic decision.
Remember the old saying “A puppy is not merely for Christmas “.Someone must clear the’pooh’up at the end of it …. all.
Essential Reality Check No. 1 –
The Kind of Pet
The type of pets for kids you can take into your household will depend on an entire host of things such as for example follows:
The ages of the kids – a two year old child will probably not have the ability to handle a puppy gently and certainly won’t have the ability to take care of the pet…..
How much will the pet costs be – not merely to buy – but to take care of on a regular basis?
What size of pet does your son or daughter want? – What space is going to be needed? A hamster does not use up much space but guinea pigs, ferrets and rats need bigger cages.
How much time do the kids and you as a family group need to give to the pet?
Will your family be safe with the pet? Will the pet be safe with your family?
When you have a larger pet like a dog, cat, or goat what effects does it have on your family, friends and neighbours?
How will your pet be looked after during your holidays.
Will your family have the ability to cope with the eventual death of a puppy?
Some pets will sleep all of the day and be awake at night. Hamsters can be very noisy through the night!
If your son or daughter wants a dog you should look into the breed, size and exercise needs of the dog.
Can you already have another pet, what effect does it have on that pet. For example will your puppy be OK with a cat or rabbit or bird?
Essential Reality Check No. 2 –
Ages of your Kids
You should determine a puppy that is ideal for the age of your kids.
For example generally it would not be wise to buy a hamster for a two year old child who’s still adapting to the world around them and might not know or have the ability to handle the hamster gently.
Do you want to give the kids some responsibility in looking after an animal. Some kids are extremely responsible and will have the ability to handle this. Other kids, well the sight of a baby animal is merely too appealing, after all who are able to resist a lovely puppy or kitten or baby hamster?
In the beginning you may need to help the kids, as looking after a puppy is a very responsible job. As a parent or carer you will always have to oversee a pet’s care.
Since the parent or carer you should determine if your son or daughter is old enough to take care of and take care of a pet. How usually have parents heard the cry “oh but we promise we’ll bring it for walks everyday”
Or “we’ll clean it out mum, we promise “.How will you feel in a years time when you find yourself looking after the pets because the kids are busy with friends or away on a college trip or inundated with homework or just plain uninterested in the poor thing.
Essential Reality Check No. 3 –
True Costs of Pets for Kids
Some pets are really cheap to buy for instance hamsters, guinea pigs, goldfish. gerbils, fancy rats, fancy mice and rabbits and even ferrets.
You will still need to think about:
The cage create (this can be very expensive when taking a look at the cage sizes that most pets need) in reality they need the greatest cage you can manage
Food costs each week
Vets bills if your pets become ill.
e.g. Ferrets need an annually injection against canine distemper.
Holiday care – you should buy this obviously if you fail to count on friends and family.
Bigger pets for kids such as for example goats, and dogs and pedigree cats tend to be more expensive to buy initially, some costing countless pounds.
You should consider:
Bedding and a cage (if purchasing one for your puppy or cat)
Leads and collars for dogs.
Vets bills (dogs should have yearly check ups with a vets)
Holiday care (kennels can be very expensive)
Ongoing veterinary costs if your pets becomes chronically ill.
Essential Reality Check No. 4 –
The Space Required
Even small pets for children such as guinea pigs, fancy rats and ferrets need plenty of cage space for a pleased life. They’ll need the biggest cages you can find space for. These pets also need space to exercise out of the cage.
Cats take up almost no space, as do small breeds of dogs.
Dogs will need a significant sized garden along with walks to help keep them well exercised.
Essential Reality Check No. 5 –
Time for your Pets
Can you and the household have time for a pet.
For smaller pets you should ask them to out of the cage and being handled daily for at the least 2 hours a day.
Are you experiencing time to wash out your pet at least one time or twice per week, as well as daily?
Some pets will surely need the toilet corner of these cage cleaned more frequently to avoid a bad smelling cage and pet.
Water bottles and food bowls will need cleaning and refilling every day.
Will you be able to walk your puppy at least one time each day? – dependent on the breed some need more!
Are you willing to appear after your pets for children for the many years some can live?
(From 18 months to 2 years for a mouse up to 15 years for a dog)
If you should be out at the job all day and the children have reached school all day your pets will need and will demand attention when you return home
Essential Reality Check No. 6 –
Your Pet and Family Safety
You’ll always need to make certain the kids safety when they are spending time with any pets.
Even little pets can bite and leave a wound.
Dogs shouldn’t be left unattended with the kids as they are unpredictable. A faithful dog will bite and even attack a young child if they are in pain or afraid. It happens rarely – but it will happen.
You may also need to make certain your pets safety:Is your youngster able to take care of a pet safely without hurting it.
Can be your pet safe with any pets in the house? – when you have small children and a dog …. you should ensure your dog cannot escape must be door is accidentally left open.
When you have a dog you will need to make certain visitors safety as you may be sued if your puppy bites someone in your property (or even off your property)
Be sure that when pets for children are having free time out of cages that:
Other pets cannot hurt them
They can not chew electrical leads
They can not belong to toilets or baths of water.
They can not escape through gaps in walls or floors
They can not get outside without supervision
Essential Reality Check No. 7 –
Effects on Family and Neighbours
Everyone needs to be in agreement if you are getting pets. Pets can be noisy and messy having an effect on family living.
What effect will a pet like a dog have on Granny who suffers with an allergy – will which means that she cannot come to see anymore?
If you get a dog can it bark and howl when you leave them for any period of time and will this annoy your neighbours.
Will your dog bark when your neighbours have been in their very own garden.
How will your neighbours try having your pet cat mess in their garden?
You should keep your yard free from dog mess to make certain it doesn’t smell -particularly in summer months.
Essential Reality Check No. 8 –
Holidays and Take care of Pets for children
When you have pets for children what’ll happen to them throughout your holiday times.
Are you experiencing family or friends who is able to care for your pets when you are away.
Or even you will have to buy your pets care.
This is expensive for dogs, cats and larger animals.
Even for little pets, holiday care can be expensive.
Essential Reality Check No. 9 –
Loss of a Pet and Grief
Some children are really sensitive and is going to be distraught when their beloved pet eventually passes away, or is lost in some way.
That is especially distressing if your pet has died as a result of an accident or illness.
How are you going to manage this?
The youngsters should grieve, grieving is really a healthy section of a loss reaction. We could suffer losses everyday in a tiny way such as not getting something we would like, this causes a loss reaction and area of the healing for this really is grief. If your youngster or other family member struggles with the grieving then consider the following and see if it applies. The grieving process has seven stepping stones through which people move. Your family member might not proceed through them so as or spend long on any one.
The stepping stones are:
Shock, Denial, Guilt, Anger, Depression Bargaining, Acceptance
Your youngster may want another pet this really is called bargaining and is one of many stepping stones through the grief process.
If your youngster cannot have another pet, break down the hidden losses that the death of these pet has caused.
Could there be a loss of your child’s self worth or self esteem.
Have they lost their only companion.
Has your youngster lost alone who paid attention to them.
By chatting try to look for out how your youngster is feeling and help them to work through their losses and then work to acceptance by doing some healthy bargaining.
Would your youngster be able to regain their sense of worth or self confidence another way? Perhaps helping out with a friends pet for instance.
For many children it may be helpful to really have a burial service, to allow them to say goodbye properly.
(My son kept some hair from his beloved dog)
Our children have managed the deaths of these pets effectively and have gone on to own other pets, for other kids though it has more of an effect which means you should decide when or if to displace your child’s pet.
Essential Reality Check No. 10 –
Pets for Children are GREAT!
For probably the most part pets for children are good fun. They’re often good company for the kids particularly if the children are lonely.
Our autistic daughter has changed a great deal since we got her guinea pigs to appear after. She’s gained some imaginative play, we think this is because she foretells her guinea pigs.
We do have to oversee her using them though.
Kids can learn a great deal from caring for pets for children and insurance firms pets even though they are lost naturally.
Dogs can encourage the household out to get exercise while they walk the dog.
All our youngsters love their pets.