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Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Pet for Your Kids

Ready for the responsibility? Here’s all you need to know.

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Pet for Your Kids
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Pets give children a valuable sense of responsibility and an outlet for affection. They need looking after, though, and you need to choose one to suit your child – and you.

  • Talk it over. Find out what your child wants from a pet. Stress that animals aren’t toys.
  • Wait a few months to see if the desire was more than just a whim.
  • Set a budget. Decide what expenses you can meet.
  • Consider your home. A small unit with no access to the outside is usually an unhappy environment for dogs and cats, which, in turn, can be messy and destructive.
  • Consider safety. Cats scratch. Dogs bite. Young children can cause injury to fragile creatures.
  • Do extensive homework. Study animals’ varying needs.
  • Start small. Cats and dogs are demanding of time and money. Lower-maintenance animals can provide a good introduction to caring for a furry friend.

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