A pet should not be an impulse buy

By Connie Orcutt • Published: April 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

One look at the furry face of a puppy or kitten can melt the heart of kids of all ages. But when adding that special family member, parents need to consider both the temperament of the pet and the maturity of the child. This is especially true of toddlers, who often make sudden moves and loud noises.

A new dog or cat requires time, attention and training, for both the pet and the child. If children aren’t yet up to the task, it may be best to wait a bit or consider a smaller pet that is easier to care for, like a hamster.

Before you decide, read up on pet care needs, using reliable websites and reference books … and talk to your vet.

It may be tough to resist the cute furball napping near the checkout. But remember that all pets require a commitment of time, love and respect. Being better prepared will mean a happier family, both human and animal.