Researchers have found that owning and caring for pets benefits kids at every developmental stage. For kids, pets are their best friends — companion who not only provide unconditional love, also teach them about friendship, responsibility, loyalty, and empathy. Here I would like to give you some tips about choosing the best pet for your family.

You Need Know

Keeping a pet or several pets as a part of your family can help your kids are not afraid of animals, learn how to handle and care for them properly and safely, and grow up to be lifelong animal lovers. When considering which type of animal to get, things you need to put on prior are your family lifestyle and your baby’s developmental stage. A tail-pulling toddler might be better off with a low-maintenance goldfish than a cat or boisterous puppy. Some parents have found that a high-energy puppy or kitten fits right in with their family. Kids can keep up with a playful puppy or kitten. And parents of babies are already used to getting up at night to clean up messes.

Dog

Dogs have been employed as living alarms and watchful guards because of their protective nature which made them ideal to alert humans when something strange was amiss. Dogs are loyal, loving, social animals. However, as a parent, you want your child to be safe around your dog. So you need to know which breeds are good with children and which aren’t. And it is also important that parents should first make sure their child desires a pet before rushing out to get one.

All dogs have the potential to bite and a dog’s breed is only one of many factors that affect temperament and behavior. But enjoying surrounding by a dog raises self-esteem and teaches empathy in youngsters. Dogs also help children become more aware of non-verbal communication. The best dogs for kids are those who receive proper socialization, humane training, exercise, and attention. And those who are given adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care can meet your demand. Your best choice is to choose an older dog rather than a puppy if your kids are small.

Cat

There are about 40 breeds of cats. If you want a cat to company, all you have to do is find one with the right personality and energy level for you and your kids. Cats are not toys. They are small, delicate animals which need to be treated with respect and consideration. Kittens socialize slower than puppies and they need that time with their mother. They also have most of their shots by then. Some breeds do mature a bit faster than others, but generally it’s between 3-4 months.

Their claws need to be trimmed regularly and they need annual trips to the veterinarian for vaccines and a checkup. If you want one in your home, keep a keen eye on your naive kids when they are playing with cat and teach them about reading your cat’s signals and help them understand when cat has had enough from an early age. Never let your children bully, intimidate or play too roughly with your cat since this behavior is bad and could cause disaster.

Rabbits

Rabbits are playful. Just like any other pet, rabbit can learn its name and may even come when called if you spend enough time with it which making them great companion animals. Today, the rabbit is becoming a much more common house pet. If you are going to keep your pet indoors, it can be litter trained. These cute babies will do this naturally, but the litter has to be available at all times. They need lots of room to move around, at minimum a 4-by-2-by-2 cage, and time to play outside the cage each day. Keeping your rabbit outdoors is not out of the question. They handle cold weather very well so if you are in a cold climate, this is not an issue. When you bring your rabbit home, they will be scared. If they are inside or outside, this will be true. Allow them a few weeks to get used to their surroundings and you and your family. Raising a rabbit is sometimes like raising a kitten.

 

Hamsters

These small, furry, harmless, and clever critters require some care but not more than a child can manage. Hamsters are busy and cute and they don’t take up much space, so they are great for apartment dwellers. If you bought one for your kids, you should clean the cage daily, removing droppings and uneaten food. You will need to replace the hamster’s bedding and clean the cage with soap and water once or twice a week. Hamsters’ teeth grow and they need stuff to gnaw on.