His son wants a pet? When children cismam who want a dog or a cat at home, no one get the idea out of my head. You have children and are experiencing this dilemma? We talked to the vet and with the psychologist Biotto Janaina Breno Rosostolato to help you deal with the situation and explain to the children the care and the responsibility of having a pet at home. Check out!
How to choose the new Member of the family
When the case is of adoption, it is often said that the animal chooses the owner and not the owner that chooses the animal for the sake of affinity and recognition at first contact. However, we must be attentive to some details so that the new Member of the family to have their needs met in your home.
“Dogs, for example, are more sociable and enjoy more of company and physical activities, then, combine with families more active and have somewhat larger spaces. To those who live in small apartments and don’t have the time to take your pet for a walk, cats are perfect companions and can become very good friends, “says the vet.
Living with animals is very healthy for the growth and maturation of children and can even fill in gaps for affective absence of parents who work all day and, if they are only children. Have a buddy that depends on them can be essential to the creation of the notions of responsibility and respect for the next.
It is therefore extremely important that the care of the animal to be shared between parents and children. “Parents should note that animal needs attention, because you don’t know how to do some things alone, how to access the feed or bathe”, emphasizes the psychologist. Through a clear and objective conversation, rules and roles must be laid down, demonstrating to the child when and how it should perform its tasks in relation to the animal.
He arrived. What to do?
Both dogs as cats need attention from beginning to end of life. Second Janaína, as soon as an animal is adopted, it must be taken for a routine consultation with a veterinarian, who will guide you about feeding, care of the skin and coat and give tips on how to educate and prevent future disease. This should include vaccination, de-worming, flea and tick protection and other basic care.
What if I don’t want an animal?
Having an animal at home will change the routine of all members of the family and, therefore, requires total acceptance. If you do not agree and do not want, that should be explained clearly to the child. “As well as having an animal at home requires agreement of all, didn’t have also need of dialogue,” advises psychologist. Parents should be firm in saying that that’s not the appropriate time for the arrival of a puppy in the family and to highlight the difficulties of caring for the same.
If there is a future possibility, also say that a dog or a cat can be part of the future plans of the family, but that should happen after a preparation and with the participation of all. Finally, try to understand what are the real reasons for the child to want both a pet and try to accommodate the child’s conflicts.