Pets and kids can be a great match-up if you choose the right pet for your kids’ ages and personalities. How do you choose which pet is right for your family?
A skittish adult Siamese cat isn’t the right match for a curious and noisy toddler but a laid-back older dog might be perfect.
A puppy with endless energy may not be as good of a match for an active family with teenagers as an older cat would be.
Pets are a good addition to families and can help foster responsibility as kids help with pet chores. Pets are also good companions for kids and enjoy being part of the family.
You have to balance your family’s lifestyle into the equation.
If you’re always on the go as many families are, it’s not fair to a pet to be left alone all of the time.
If you live in a small apartment or duplex, a big dog might not work well for your family.
If you live in the country, you have more pet options including horses and farm animals.
Purebred or mixed breed? Either can make a good pet. If you plan to breed your pet, you will want to purchase a purebred animal with records. If you just want a pet as a companion, you should consider your local humane society and should plan to spay or neuter your pet.
If you don’t have time to walk a dog or play with a cat or live somewhere that doesn’t permit furred pets, don’t worry. Fish, lizards, or frogs are all good pet choices. Your children will enjoy all of these pets and will be able to help care for them.
For some parents who feel that they don’t have the time to devote to pets, maybe it’s not the right time for now.
Expose your kids to friends’ and family members’ pets and talk about the responsibilities of pet ownership. As your life circumstances and lifestyle change, maybe you can add pets to the family.