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Adopting a pet can be a wonderfully transformative experience for your entire family…if they're ready, that is. It's a big decision to add a furry member of the family to your home! So how can you tell when the time is right to bring home that adorable kitty or puppy? Here are some great mileposts to check off before you dive into being a pet parent, inspired by www.care.com and their article 10 Signs Your Family is Ready for a Pet.
All children can learn to respect an animal, however the older they are, the more likely they are to have the maturity level to truly respect your pet and grasp that they're sensitive and fragile. Then again, every child is unique, so it's up to you to determine whether or not they'll be able to care for a pet based on their actions, not just age.
How does your child handle tasks around the house? Are they eager to take on responsibility? Do they follow-through with chores and take accountability if they slip up? These are good indicators of how they'll handle caring for a pet, which involves a good amount of commitment and responsibility.
It's important to evaluate whether your child's interest in a pet is just a "phase" or if it's a true desire that doesn't change from week to week.
The last and most important checklist item before bringing home a pet is to make certain your entire family is on board and committed to helping care for the newest member of the clan. Who will feed the pet? Clean up after the pet? Are you and your spouse ready to invest in training and to dedicate playtime and/or exercise time with the pet?
Bringing a pet into your home is a big decision, but one that you'll never regret! It's a beautiful thing to show your children how to connect with and care for animals.
In our own family, we've always had animals living under our roof. Owning a pet care business has provided a beautiful opportunity for our boys to fall in love, many times over. They've only known a life with animals. Our children are woven into the fabric of our business by walking the dogs with us, accompanying us when we're cat sitting, and helping when we have guest dogs in our home. Our love for animals runs deep, and we've seen many benefits of having pets in our daily lives.
Still on the fence? Check out all the articles we've written on our blog about pets, children, and family life. We hope they give you the resources and inspiration you need to make the most informed decision. Plus, we're always available to answer any questions or bounce ideas with you about pet ownership. All you have to do is give us a call at (510) 595-7328!