Your children have been begging you for a pet, but are they ready for the responsibility of caring for a pet every day? How can you tell if your children are ready for a pet? Here are some good signs to look for.
Your Child Is Comfortable Around Animals And Respects Their Space
Some children might like the idea of owning a dog, but when they’re around them for real, find them intimidating. If your child is the sort who seeks out the pets when you visit someone with them, they want to be around animals. If they cry or run away, then your child is probably not ready or comfortable enough around animals to have a pet of their own.
It’s also important that your children know to give animals space. Many children, especially younger kids, can’t do this, which can make animals feel threatened. If your child won’t leave the neighbor’s cat alone, or can’t understand their friend’s hamster doesn’t want to play when it’s asleep, then they aren’t ready for a pet.
Once your child can understand that pets have feelings and needs, and are able to give them the space they need, then they can show the maturity and understanding needed to be a responsible pet owner.
Your Child Can Handle Simple Household Tasks Alone
If your child can be trusted to do things like tidy their rooms, unload the dishwasher, or brush their teeth without too much nagging or reminding, this is a good sign that they can be responsible enough to look after a pet.
A certain amount of forgetfulness is normal, as children can be easily distracted, but if you’re constantly reminding them to do things, then you’re going to be the one who has to feed the cat, clean out the hamster, or walk the dog most of the time.
If you want to if your child is ready to feed, clean, and walk a pet, add an extra task to their day and see how they get on before you make a decision. This is a good test to see if they can take care of the basic care without you having to constantly remind them or take over yourself.
Your Family Is Ready For A Pet
Your child might be asking for a pet, but is your family ready for one? Everyone needs to be considered before you buy a pet for the household. For example, if younger children are still scared of animals, you have a new baby on the way, or your budget is too tight for vet’s bills, now is not the right time.
Make sure you’re all ready for the reality of pet ownership, including care and costs. Pets can be expensive, although insurance, savings, and fast cash loans can help.
Talk to the whole family about getting a pet. Is everyone ready to help with care? What sort of pet do they think would fit well with the family? Make sure everyone is on board.