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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Whether you are ready to get a pet?

Children often ask their parents to buy them a cat, a dog, a hamster or any other animal. Thus children promise to look after them and feed them, to walk with a dog in the morning and in the evening. How to decide, whether it is possible to get an animal to the child or not? Owning a pet is a big responsibility and the decision to get one should not be taken lightly.

First of all ask yourself, whether you are ready to get a pet. It doesn’t matter how much responsible the child could be, because actually you’ve got to be responsible for keeping animals yourself

Any pet requires many attention, time, as well as monetary expenses for pet supplies and else. If you are ready for this, it would be possible to get them. If you buy a dog or a cat to the child, and the pet will not get enough care, it will be rather your fault. But, undoubtedly, the child should realize the responsibility too and he should understand that a dog or a cat appears not only for the short period and more, than for 10 years.

Before getting a pet you should learn what spending money will be needed for feeding and proper care of them, as well as the necessary preventive measures and treatment. Especially it concerns the acquisition of exotic animals. Also it is necessary to understand, that any pet consumes time for dialogue. And it is desirable to talk to other owners of animals, with a veterinary and experts and esteem the special literature.

Think, whether time and forces for education of the puppy or a kitten will suffice you or adult animal will be more appropriate. Solve, what breed is right for you and your family. Just consider it all in advance and then the new breather in your house actually becomes the member of your family.
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I started out with a Beta fish for my kids. Teach them responsibility a step at a time. They have a cat now and are doing great.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-09-2010, 01:41 PM
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I'm sure the majority of the members here that have pets,and pets their kids asked for are well aware of everything you talked about in your post..That is also probably why they joined this forum to.To gather info needed to teach their child responsible pet care.

Pet care is indeed an adult responsibility,and if a child cannot take no for an answer as to getting a pet,the parent has bigger problems.

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