Pets are undoubtedly a wonderful addition to your family. They give your family unconditional love and loyalty. However, before you bring Fido or Kitty home, there are a few matters you should talk to your kids about. Since it’s going to be a big step for the whole family, make sure that your little ones fully understand what it means to own a pet. Here are a few of IKO Community Management’s easy questions for your kids about raising a pet:
What kind of pet do you want? This is a basic question that most kids should be able to answer in a second – maybe less. Just prepare yourself for any animal, from a cat or dog to a lizard or fish. They may even throw in a hamster or bunny, who knows?
Why do you want a new pet? Kids are guaranteed to have a spectrum of funny answers as to why they want a new pet, but aside from the giggles, it’s important to pay attention to the real reason that they want a new pet. It might be because they’re “finally ready,” or they just want a new friend. If it’s anything along those lines, it may be time to consider a new pet.
Do you know how to take care of a new pet? Depending on your child’s age, they may genuinely not know how to take care of a new pet. However, this is a good opportunity to teach them about responsibility. Make sure your child understands that a pet is a huge commitment for the entire family. Go through this list of quick questions with your child before committing to a new pet, so they understand what it entails (pun intended):
- How do you clean its living area, whether it’s a cage or tank?
- What do you do to make sure it’s well groomed?
- How do you exercise and play with it?
- Where does it go potty?
- How do you train it to behave well?
- What and when do you feed it?
- How do you take care of it when we’re not home, like vacation or work/school?
- What do you do when it gets sick?
Do you think that our other pet(s) will like our new pet? Your child will most likely say yes without a second thought, so this is really a question for you to think about. If you have an existing animal that is friendly enough to accept a new furry or scaly member of the family, then go for it.
Everyone knows that falling in love with a new puppy or kitten is easy. Whether it’s waiting patiently under the Christmas tree with a tiny red bow on its head, or brought home in a small box from the local shelter, that little face instantly becomes family. Before you surprise your little one with a new pet, make sure they’re ready for the responsibility and commitment with these few questions.
If your child is ready, check out Petfinder to find your local animal shelter and rescue. You can also get more helpful tips on how to take care of your new furry companion.
From all of us at IKO Community Management, we wish you the best of luck with your new furry friend!