Pets — to be or not to be?
Probably all children love animals. But, for some reason parents do not always rush to please their children, setting the stage for cats, hamsters or dogs. The maximum that can wait for asking 5-6 year old kid is a fish, or turtle. But, why is that? Indeed, virtually all psychologists believe that a child growing up with animals has a number of advantages over his peers — he is more caring, kind, attentive, positive. Parents do not want to see their children happy and so flatly refuse to have Pets?
Most likely, the reason lies a little deeper, and parents are driven by understandable arguments. Although, not always mom and dad refuse animals, they either offer an alternative: a turtle instead of a dog or promise to make, but a little later.
So, still have in the family with children pet? What are the risks? To be the dogs and cats in the house, or not to be?
About the benefits of Pets
About four to five years, children begin to understand that they need each your home and animals. They want to take care of him, feed, play. If the house has no animals, children learn about the world of animals through cartoons. And this, of course, brings with it a certain discomfort, because you always want to touch someone you see, even on TV.
Already from a very young age, 4-5 years old, children learn to”listen” to another living thing. They feed their Pets, as has the need for food, they give them to sleep, when your favorite “woobies” are tired. The children are happy to change an animal litter, chosen in a special shop for new toys. Sometimes, four-legged friends can get sick — children are nurtured and treated with the parents of their favorites.
Home communication with animals helps to build children’s curiosity, concern, observation. These children are less likely to exhibit selfish traits and cruelty, they are more hardworking and responsive.
The risks of cohabitation
However, along with the advantages of living together and there are a lot of risks that determine the choice of parents is not in favor of Pets. And they are serious, well-founded and reasoned.
1. Animal aggression . Whatever the owners and the breed selected a pet, the animal remains an animal is capable of inflicting pain to a person. Any negligence on the part of man that will show the animal of danger, can cause aggression.
To solve this problem by making the right choices. For example, if in a family a child grows 4-6 years, it is best to choose animals that are not characterized by aggression — fish, turtles, Guinea pigs, hamsters. For older kids would suit rabbits, parrots and cats. But the dog is better to start, when the child was 9-10 years old.
In addition, in the selection of dogs and cats is especially carefully study the breed. Not worth taking in the house with the child those who are supposed to guard the house, hunt, or serve in combat. Never, pit bull Terrier or a Rottweiler does not become babysitters, and the command of the “smaller sibling” can be perceived as a personal insult. As cats — Siberian, Russian blue, meicun, British, Siamese are considered to be specific breeds that will not be tolerated, and will immediately release the claws and teeth. But, Scottish fold Persian and Vice versa, are among the most social of them can be “easily manipulated”. Although this division is rather arbitrary. Before you take a kitten home, it is important to know who his Papa and Mama, because aggression is genetic code.
2. Allergy in children . That’s really against what is not there arguments it was allergies. And do not assume that if your child has a reaction to the cat, it is necessary only to choose the right breed — a fluffy, read “bald”. A child’s body reacts and wool, and on the epithelium. Most likely, this child does not live next door to “fuzzies” – dogs, cats, pigs, hamsters, rabbits. Way out here — either make the fish or turtle (but, it is possible that reactions to them will not), or wait, maybe when the child gets older, the Allergy will no longer be a problem.
Can be called several things such as: puddles, dirty floor, nibbled books or shoes, feathers, etc. But these “risks” associated with the accuracy of the hosts and are completely independent from the animal.
And, of course, do not take a pet in the house with a very small child. For infants preferred a healthier indoor climate, and children from one to three years can cause pain to the animal.
Deciding, after all, what child should grow up with animals, it is necessary not to choose the wrong pet. Necessary to take into account the child’s age. For children 4 years psychologists recommend to have the most peaceful and non-aggressive — fish, hamsters, Guinea pigs, turtles, parrots. Only parrots are different, and the choice must take into account the specifics of the breed.
For children of primary school age would be appropriate to get a cat. Again, you need to focus on the child’s temperament and characteristic traits of the breed.
With ten years of age, the child is ready for the dog. Only from this age the young owner truly cares about the dog, and be a true friend.
If you are going to take a pet into your home, it’s important to explain that it is a living creature with its own desires, needs, with its own character. You can see all animals as a toy to put in the stroller, swaddle, or run “in space”. Need to explain that the animal can be in pain, and it is, by its very nature, can defend itself. The child must understand that the hassle of caring for a pet – cleaning, feeding, walking, will fall on his shoulders. And if “pussy” will narcodic, will be guilty in the first place its owner.
Sometimes, the decision to bring an animal comes to the child instantly — when he sees on the street abandoned kitten or puppy. For the parents it will certainly blow, but to scold the child or kick a defenseless creature is not worth it. We must try together to “build out” of the foundling. But if, after all parents agree to leave a homeless kid, child, you need to install “trial period”, in which he must prove that he can care for and cares about your new friend. About the examination the vet not to forget. Parents under no circumstances should not “throw out” the animal on the street. Worthy to escape from the problem, by showing the child an example.
To be or not to be an animal in the house to decide separately taken family. Although risks from daily contact with animals a lot, the benefits of communication are obvious! Children growing up with animals will never hurt Bush, to show anger, cruelty and aggression. Sense of responsibility and diligence will be key for the little master, and will help to discipline him. The daily interaction with your pet will bring your child infinite happiness, how could there be anything more important?