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Allowing your children to have pets starting at an early age is a great way to teach them how to handle responsibility. More than that, children who grow up taking care of at least one pet tend to adopt a more caring attitude towards animals...


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Bosko Mastilovic (3)
Monday November 14, 2011, 11:52 pm
Cute, thanks....

Gojko S. (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 12:40 am
Interesting list

Klara M. (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 3:45 am
pony? hmmmm

Veljko Veljkos (4)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 6:40 am
Cool info for parrents

Kisha B (5)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 2:55 pm
Ehhhhh. Rabbits should NOT be kept outdoors, it makes it very hard to tame them, leaves them vulnerable to predators/bugs and rabbits can't stand temps over 80F, they hate the heat and it's very easy to give them heat stroke. They also are not very good pets for kids, since they don't like being held / cuddled and most kids don't like a stand offish pet. Rabbits can live longer than 7 years if taken care of properly, as in, kept in doors and fed a good diet of timothy pellets/hay/fresh veggies and taken to the vet for checkups.

Ponies require a LOT of care and specialized attention also and aren't very good pets for kids unless the parents are experienced.

Kath P (9)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 3:03 pm
I agree with Kisha B. ...rabbits should not be kept as caged pets outdoors and its been my experience that indoors, roaming free, they cause a great deal of destruction.

Valerie A (1)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 3:30 pm
Well let's see... we start off with a picture of a pony who has been dyed to look more fun! Animals should not be abused in this manner.

The article should remind people that although it is nice to teach responsibility, PARENTS are the ones responsible for any pets that they allow in THEIR house.

As for hamsters "they do not need a lot of space" and guinea pigs "they need a 'slightly' bigger cage", these animals may be small but encouraging people to think a small 'home' is OK for any animal is disgraceful.

And last but by no means least, some of them animals are definitely NOT suitable for children, dogs are a massive responsibility and need a lot of attention, guinea pigs are very frightened creatures and should not be a child's play toy and rabbits? Where do I start? They are one of the MOST UNSUITABLE pets for children, they are Crepuscular animals (active at dusk and dawn), they consider being picked up and help in the same regards as being caught by prey to be killed, they have an extremely sensitive gut and dietary requirements, which only a very small percentage of people know about or adhere to, they can be dead in a few hours if illnesses are not treated instantly, they need A LOT of space (no rabbit should be in a hutch, they are far too small), they need a companion of their own kind and so much more.... I should know, I not only have them, I volunteer at a rabbit rescue and have researched into them extensively, something every potential pet owner should do BEFORE they bring any pet home and believe me, this article is not research, it is rubbish. Irresponsible articles like this make me so angry.

So rabbits live 'up to' seven years do they? Try 12.... idiots!

IE Ries (237)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 4:04 pm
Echoing all of Kisha B. and Valerie A.'s concerns, I would also add that reptiles suffer notoriously as "novelty" pets and die of hypothermia, malnutrition, and manhandling at an alarming rate.

But to get right to the point - I am not convinced that children should have "pets" because too often, one of the following occurs:

1) Animal as "teaching tool" by parent; bad idea - *always*. Don't use animals as sacrificial victims in an attempt to teach/force/whatever any child into "learning to be responsible." This can and should be accomplished in other ways, because in far too many instances, the animal ends up neglected or even abused because the parent tries to force the children to care for the animal, and the children refuse or just couldn't be bothered because after all, going hungry or being thirsty doesn't affect *them* in any way. The animal just because a "thing" pushed back and forth between angry parent who doesn't have time and doesn't want the extra chore, and selfish, ill-behaved children who are indifferent or apathetic to an animal they can't use and put on a shelf as they would a toy. This "toy" has needs and responsibilities and because too many parents won't insist on good behaviour and compliance from children, the animal always suffers in the end.

Don't use animals to "teach lessons," make a child earn the PRIVILEGE of having the company of an animal BEFORE the animal arrives. Ensure the child is mature and gentle enough to care for a being at your child's mercy. Have some genuine concern, empathy and care about the ANIMAL'S best interests, too, not just yours or your kid's "experience," kids won't be psychologically harmed if they don't get everything they demand, people.

2) The animal is just another "toy" to a child, because that's how the parents act and present the animal. Instead of being sensitive to the needs of the animal - who SHOULD be treated like a MEMBER OF THE FAMILY - the child sees only that the animal is "available" to be "played with," but that any other responsibility is completely foreign to them. This is why I scream at people every spring NOT to get "duckies and bunnies" for their kids, these animals are NOT toys! Too many of them die of hypothermia, dehydration, starvation, and manhandling their first few weeks. If they make it that far, they are then subject to human stupidity or indifference caused by inconvenience. This is when young animals are simply dumped outside in the "back yard" for the night to "go to sleep now" while these same idiots are then surprised that a young, defenseless animal completely alone dies overnight because a predator kills the animal (they LEARN how to hide from parents, and these animals have no parents, just stupid human keeps who make up stupid assumptions about "instinct" which have ALL proven to be hugely INCORRECT).

Please, for the love of anything you hold dear, do NOT give animals as "toys" to children - EVER. If an animal is adopted and introduced into a human family, it is YOUR responsibility as the adult in the room, do not EVER forget that and do not EVER try to push it off on a kid to "teach them" something because the one who suffers is the one who cannot speak up and tell you s/he is dying of thirst because you are too stubborn to supply water on principle, waiting for your kid to do it and your kid just doesn't care. Animals are family members, should be treated as such, and never be subjected to being treated like a glorified toy.

So - NO to any animal for a kid and this article merely pushes the animal-trade by painting the idea that there actually exists "ideal" pets for kids when it's just an advertising tactic and is ALWAYS at the expense of the animals!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 4:18 pm
Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Dany Strakova (123)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 4:38 pm
agree with Kath,Valerie and Rooibos Bird!

Animals are not toys and shouln´t be given to kids if they are not responsible , we should ask instead ,are some kids suitable for animals? because some kiddos see their pets as things and they get tired of them and they get rid of them .......

Alison A (244)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 7:40 pm
I totally agree with the comments here, this is such an irresponsible article, I bet it was written by a parent.

I am not slagging off all parents, I know that there are many parents out there who teach their children respect for animals, but there are many that are so blind-sighted they let their kids pull their dogs tail, grab hold of a small pet who is frightened and wants to be put down, scream and shout and the parent just lets them continue because it is not worth arguing with their child, they choose to allow the animals to live miserable lives, worse still, they tell you that the pet likes it! And then when the pet bites because they are frightened or have just had enough of being bullied, they get punished and the child goes off and plays with something else.

To have a pet you need to understand the pet, the article says that rabbits can bite, I have four, they are all rescues and were all left to rot in their cages, surely they would be perfect candidates after suffering so much human neglect, but no, they are all loving and three of them even groom me! Maybe it is because I provide a safe and happy life for them, rabbits bite humans out of fear, they are not naturally aggressive animals.

I agree Rooibos, although I know little about reptiles, I do know that they suffer terribly because people do not understand their needs, these are specialist creatures and should not be bought for a child because they have seen them in a film.

As for that pony, it is so sad what they have done to her, one of my rabbits was brought into rescue because she had been dyed pink as a baby and they were disappointed that it had moulted out, she still had a pink dot on her forehead, she was matted with faeces, had terrible urine burn and was brought to rescue in the 1 x 1.5ft dog crate that she had spent 4 months living in, at least they had the sense to give her up.

Talking of rescues, that is another thing this article doesn't mention, the 9 million pets that are killed every year due to there not being enough homes for them, surely teaching responsibility to kids would include giving an unfortunate animal a forever home.

I have heard people tell me that they went to a pet shop because the rescue said that they couldn't have the animal they wanted, if anyone ever has that problem, please ask yourself why, rescues are bursting at the seams and if they refuse you an animal which may be killed if a home is not found for them, maybe YOU are the problem and shouldn't have any pets.

Jillian A (0)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 9:13 pm
Animals are amazing stress relievers especially cats

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 3:51 am
My child had so many pets from a spider to dogs and cats. They really do give a child so much more understanding of the world and of love. Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 5:41 am
they didnt say rats :( rats are some much better than hamsters. smarter and a lot more sociable.

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 6:00 am
Alison said " I do know that they suffer terribly because people do not understand their needs, these are specialist creatures and should not be bought for a child because they have seen them in a film."

That is precisely the problem, Alison, you know much more than you give yourself credit for!

And, as you point out, I wonder who really wrote this article, and why. I don't think it was a parent, I think it was someone trying to promote animal sellers. Yuck.

Bob P (394)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 7:04 am
thanks for sharing

Alison A (244)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 6:55 pm
You may have a point there Rooibos, apart from the pony, most of these animals are quite mainstream and sold in shops, like I said, an article which genuinely wants to teach of responsibility would promote shelters, so you are probably right.

I too think Yuck!

Kathy Mordini (0)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 9:55 am
A pony - seriously. In what alternate universe.

Also, Instead of saying cats are great with children over five. It should be noted that some cats are never good with kids. Our late cat disliked little boys (of all ages). Our latest addition, who was adopted as an adult thrives on the chaos of having kids in the house. Before getting any cat or dog, it's important that all family members are there for the adoption (don't buy cats and dogs when so many are dying in shelters) - and really spend time with the adoption counselors talking about your lifestyle.

. (0)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 3:09 pm
I agree these are all great pets, but...hamsters and goldfish do not have a long life.It can be pretty horrific to small children when their pet dies so soon.
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