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A pet for a child - yes or no?

A pet for a child - yes or no?


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Who has never asked parents for a dog / cat / crocodile / put in any? Who has never heard from their child a request for a pet and solemn promises that this child will take care of cleaning, feeding, walking, etc.? I don't know much about people who have never fallen in love with downy kittens and puppies, colorful parakeets, happy rabbits and all the rest of this zoological company.

Animals have always been present in our home. The first was a canary. His name was Pimpuś, because when you are three years old, it doesn't matter that the canary's name is the same as the teddy dog ​​and all bears. I remember that he only sang while the vacuum cleaner was on - and how practical it was - a happy animal, a happy child and a flat without a single pollen!

Then there were fish tortoises, cats, crabs, gerbils, rats, degus, African snails ... A few of these creatures still live with us, of course, and I can't remember how it is when nothing downy gets unexpectedly loaded on my feet or on me whistles.

Numerous studies prove that the presence of animals at home relieves stress, good concentration, teaches empathy and responsibility. But can you safely say that an animal is the best gift for a child? Learn the pros and cons of having the most popular pet species at home.

DOG

The definite top among animals in terms of popularity. Do you want a great one to which you can hug? No problem. A small one who does not take up more space than a soft toy and who will watch TV with you? You're welcome. Do you want a dog to play soccer or frisbee with? Nothing but choose!

Pros:
He loves, likes, respects ... Seriously. An emotional animal that can usually be cut into its owner. He will look into the eyes, push himself to his knees (50 kilo version too), bring slippers and force him to a healthy lifestyle, demanding walks

Minuses:
Sunday in winter, six in the morning. Outside -20 degrees. And what? And running, we put on snow boots and fru, because the dog needs to be drained. After the note too. And after the delegation. And after a splashing party, aunt's visit, during the flu, etc. The child was supposed to walk out, right? And will you let the child out alone, with a dog larger than him, in winter Egyptian darkness? Exactly.

CAT

Almost as popular as a dog - according to some sources it even comes to the lead. The downy king of the house with a genetically coded belief that cats are there to love and worship them (the ancient Egyptians knew what they were doing).

Pros:
You don't have to break up a few times a day and wait for the fur to drain in the downpour! The litter box is a really wonderful invention. In addition, according to popular belief, cats can relieve pain, localize diseases and regulate blood pressure. The child can easily clean the litter box and feed the cat.

Minuses:
Apparently, you can teach a cat not to get on the kitchen counter. The truth is that you can teach him not to jump in when the owner looks. Therefore, it is not necessarily suitable for people who are hypersensitive to bacteria. In addition, not everyone likes to see cat hair on freshly ironed laundry (and the chance that a cat will lie on just ironed pants is like 10 to 1). Advice: buy clothes of the same color as the cat.

FISH

An alternative to the TV, quite popular in many homes. Relatively easy to care for.

Pros:
They look great and are cheap to maintain when we go through the phase of arranging the aquarium. They relax and calm down, and they don't howl, bark or jump on the curtains.

Minuses:
You will not pet. Well, unless you really, really want, why? In addition, cleaning the aquarium from algae is Sisyphean work and nothing special. For large tanks, don't expect a few years old to be able to help with cleaning.

TURTLE

To choose, to color - we have terrestrial and aquatic species. They grow up to different sizes and also have very different prices - usually rather high. The days when you could buy a turtle for three breaths in a local zoologist were long gone.

Pros:
Debt (uuuuu) live it! In addition, they are rather easy to maintain, provided that we take it seriously. They are also just very pretty and at least in the case of tortoises - mild.

Minuses:
They don't fetch the ball. Amphibious species can be aggressive. It may seem funny, but turtles bite really hard and they can also do it by accident, fed by hand. In addition, a real terrarium device, large enough and with the lighting and heating required, costs a lot.

PAPUGA / CANANES

The animal is perfect for talkative children - especially a parrot, because sometimes you can talk to her. Canaries sing well, parrots are available in many species, and thus in many colors, sizes ... and prices.

Pros: It's relatively easy to get attached to the owners. Nice observation facilities, and not difficult to maintain. No need to move out, brush, etc.

Minuses:
The biggest minus, especially for parrots, is their loud voice, which we do not necessarily need to want to hear on Saturday at five when the sun rises. In addition, they dirty, scatter food, feathers and poop around the cage but this is also a plus - a good opportunity for a child to practice using the brush and dustpan. Tip: Don't gossip about someone you are about to let home.

GRYZOŃ (guinea pig, rat, hamster, degus, etc.)

Often bought to children because of the small size and ease of maintenance. Many parents think that there is no better animal for a child than, for example, a hamster. And how is it really?

Pros:

Nice, furry, small and easy to tame animals. Relatively cheap to maintain if compared to dogs or cats. A child older than 4 years can easily clean the terrarium / cage and prepare food.

Minuses:

They live short, the death of a pet is a big blow for children every time. Due to the numerous pseudo-kennels existing in Poland, they can also be sick, and there are few veterinarians who will undertake, for example, surgery on a hamster. It is also important to remember that most rodents are herd animals and keeping one rat or degus at home is not the best idea. On the other hand, buying a few from an uncertain source without solid gender verification may result in drowning under kilos of hamsters / rats, etc.

A lot of these minuses in any case, right? In that case, does it mean that it is better to give up the thought of bringing the animal to a home where there are children? Who said that? I? And in life!

The animal (each) is the nicest life companion, and at the same time one of the best lessons we can give our children. Provided that when teaching responsibility, we have it ourselves to remember that it is an additional duty above all for us and even the most responsible and mentally mature child requires supervision when looking after any animal.

Show off what furry / feathery / bald friends reign in your homes and how your children help them. Or maybe you want to share your childhood stories?