It’s such an exciting time when you know your family is about to expand. Soon, you’ll have an adorable animal as part of the family as well! You’ll have a pet to keep your kids company and make memories with. However, before you get too caught up in all of it, you need to think about what pet would be best suited for you and your kids. After all, it’s a live being you’re bringing into your home, and it needs to be taken care of. Take a look at everyone’s schedules first and see that you have enough time to care for a pet.
When it comes to dogs, no two are the same. Take your time and do your research to find a good match. For instance, if you think small dogs are good for children, think again. Little kids tend to think smaller dogs like being picked up, carried, and hugged. However, that isn’t the case. Kids need to learn that dogs aren’t to be treated like a toy or stuffed animal. When getting a dog, you need to think about several things. Do you travel often? Do you have time to walk every single day? To brush and groom the dog? Dogs have a lot of needs, so you have to think about how all that fits into your life.
Anyone who owns a cat will tell you how independent cats are. While one cat might be the most cuddly thing you’ve ever met, another might prefer a more solitary life. Just like dogs, cats require responsibility. Their litter box needs to be cleaned out every day, they need food, water, care, and attention as well. However, it is definitely easier leaving them overnight. One thing to think about is that cats can bite or scratch when they aren’t enjoying a situation. So, it would be a good idea to tell your kids how to act with the cat.
Rabbits tend to be very active and social, needing plenty of stimulation. Otherwise, they can become bored and potentially destructive. If you plan on letting your rabbit explore your home, you’ll need to do some ‘bunny-proofing’ since they love chewing things. Aside from that, they need a big enclosure to live in. Not to mention, it will need regular cleaning as well. Again, like cats, rabbits can sometimes be snappy and not like being carried around.
It turns out that a guinea pig’s favorite thing is snuggling and exploring. This means that they’ll need time out of their cage every day. In addition, they need regular grooming, cage cleaning, and having supplies at the ready. The supplies for just one guinea pig is a significant financial commitment. Not to mention, guinea pigs can be easily startled, so kids will have to learn how to act around these animals before they join the family.