If your children want to take care of and raise a pet. First thing first is guaranteeing the pet and animal safety. The article will cover this case as below.
The most favorite and popular pets in the house are cats and dogs. In particular, some families also play well when raising both exotic animals such as squirrels, hamsters, and turtles. Some families allow children to catch wild animals to feed for a few days, such as crickets, butterflies, bees, lizards, etc. Overall, the article will cover for the pet and animal safety of your babies.
Are pets and animals harmful to children?
Unlike toys, pets stimulate their curiosity because they are living creatures that can have affection, life, and death also. A child can see the pet as a close friend, sharing all the joys, and sorrows with the pet. Many other children suddenly become more responsible, more obedient when taking care of a puppy.
Letting children play with pets has a positive impact on their development, especially those of the first-born group. However, parents need to keep in mind that no matter how gentle and cute the animal looks, it is still an animal. And it contains dangers that you may not have anticipated when playing with your children.
Should you know that half of the children who play with pets have been attacked at a different level of severity? This percentage is so significant that you need to consider about the pet and animal safety.
Guide for Pets and Animal Safety
- Do not let children raise strange animals such as lizards, spiders, squirrels, hamsters, etc. These animals may contain a lot of risk for children.
- Children should not pet the wildlife animal (such as crickets, butterflies, wind cuffs, etc.) because they will quickly die, and it could hurt children’s feelings. Explain to your child that these animals can only live best in the wild and that they should release them.
- Just choose common pets such as dogs, cats, birds, and ornamental fish. Pets should be of clear origin and be quarantined and vaccinated if necessary.
- Not let children under seven years old play alone with pets, no matter how small and gentle it is.
How to instruct kids to play with the pets safely?
Once you have decided to bring your new “friend” to your child, you should have a serious talk with the child, making certain agreements in raising and taking care of this animal.
Children should only play with and take care of pets when they are aged seven years or older. Before that age, if your home has pets, be careful to keep pets away from children. Some safety rules should be taught when children care for pets.
In the early stages of pet and aminal safety, parents should directly guide their children with small jobs in the process of caring for them. When children are familiar with the new “friend” and understand each animal’s personality, parents should let the child take care and nurture by themselves.