Owning a pet takes a lot of responsibility – you need to have the time and energy on your hands to ensure you give a new pet the home and love they deserve! And if you’ve got kids who are desperate for a pet, you’re going to need to run them through a few things, and then make sure they understand them; easier said than done!
So, if you’re seriously thinking about bringing home a pet, whether it be a cat or a dog or a rabbit or a hamster, you need to be sure that your children are going to keep up with the demands of furry life in the household. And a couple of the most important things are listed below, so let’s go through them.
Teaching Boundaries and Respect
Animals have their own boundaries, and more often than not, a child will overstep these in the first few weeks or months of owning a new pet. Kids get excited, and they want to spend all of their time with a new pet, and that might just mean the animal feels a bit smothered.
Of course, sometimes, that means your child may get a bit bored of their new pet, or the novelty will wear off. And it’s important that you teach them how to pace themselves through moments like these – teach them it’s just fine to leave a pet to their own devices and find something else to do for the time being.
So, a boundary line needs to be set. If a good relationship is going to be built between your child and their pet, why not suggest to them to take a nap with their pet? Or to just spend some time in the same room as them? Both work wonders for maintaining respect!
Approaching the Subject of a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is something that can seem hard to provide to a pet; there are all sorts of varying information on the web about what’s right and wrong to give to an animal, and it seems like you can make all kinds of mistakes.
However, if you’re going to make sure your child understands the importance of feeding an animal the necessary things to keep them healthy and happy, and avoiding the things that could potentially harm them.
Of course, go through the usual of chocolate is bad, peanut butter is OK in small doses, etc., but also go through the various proper nutrition options that would keep a pet in a sprightly and energetic mood. You can even go through the best kinds of treats, and what would be best for them to spend their pocket money on. Something like a bit of rawhide, or organic treats, would be a lovely way to show their new pet just how much they care about them!
Teaching your child the rights and wrongs of owning a pet doesn’t have to be hard. Make sure you keep these kinds of pointers in mind!