5 Tips for Choosing a Family Pet

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1. Know Your Child’s Developmental Capacity for Understanding Pets
Infants and toddlers can’t distinguish between animals and inanimate objects. They view animals as moving stuffed toys. They can’t understand that hitting will hurt your pet. A three-year-old can learn to respect a pet’s boundaries, but is still unable to understand that a pet’s mind works differently from his own. By the time a child is eight, he will understand that an animal’s thoughts and feelings are unique both because your pet is an individual and a member of a different species.

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  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    i want my baby to have a pet, but i think we are gonna do that when she is a little older

  2. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    We made a huge mistake when my son turned 5. We bought him an austrailan heeler. Oh dear. We sadly have to give him away after 6 months. We gave him a friendly adult cat instead and that was a better choice!

  3. Avatar of tigertayl tigertayl says:

    I think its better to get an animal after baby’s here, so that there is less of an adjustment for the animal

  4. I have a cat, and I am looking to buy a new pet so this was very usefull infromation.

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