Whether you grow to become a dog or a cat person, growing up with pets can be a really rewarding experience for children. A pet can be a child’s best friend, teaching them compassion, empathy and responsibility! To keep a happy home, though, it’s important to establish the right relationship between your kids and your dogs and cats from the start. Here’s our guide to pets and kids, and how to make it work!
If you’ve got a child on the way, there are a few things you could do to ease the transition for your four-legged friend. Bring the cot and pram out early so your dog or cat is used to them. If you’ll need to move litter trays, bowls and beds, do it before the baby arrives to avoid disturbing their routine too much.
If you already have children and you’re looking to adopt a pet, there are a few ways you can prepare your home for the change. Set up a dedicated space for the dog or cat, where they can escape from the hustle and bustle of family life.
The Golden Rules
Many children treat their pets as one of the family, hugging and kissing them to show affection. This can look cute, but might frighten your pet! Teach your child to be respectful of their new furry friend. Encourage your child to leave your pet alone when they’re eating or sleeping and try to make sure they don’t scream and shout around the cat or dog.
Letting your kids and pets play together can be a great way for them both to burn off energy! Make sure they’re both playing nicely, though. Teach the kids to never try to grab or climb their canine companion or feline friend, as this can be very uncomfortable for your pets!
With Great Power…
Introducing a new four-legged friend to the family is a great way to give your kids some responsibility! Let them help feed the dog or cat, take them on walks and get them involved with training. If you’re feeling really mean, you could have them clean the litter tray or the garden!
Maintaining a consistent routine can be healthy for both your pet and your children! This is especially important while your children are at school. When they come home, your cat might need some time to play to let off steam, or your dog might need a walk.
Particularly important for younger children, you should never leave your pets and children alone together. If your furry friend seems unhappy or stressed, let them leave to a quieter space where they can get away from the kids. You also shouldn’t allow your little ones to approach dogs they don’t know!
You’re the Adult
Remember, no matter how much your child begged for a dog or a cat, responsibility for the pet still falls on you. Children might not be as vigilant when it comes to empty water bowls, feeding schedules, regular walks and training. Make sure you’re up to the task!
We hope this guide has helped you if you’re thinking about introducing a pet to into the house! Although it can take a lot of time, effort and responsibility, having a dog or a cat can lead to some magical adventures for you and your family. If you’ve adopted a new furry friend, you might want to think about insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our Dog Insurance and Cat Insurance includes a range of Standard Benefits, like cover for Vet’s Fees up to £8,000.* This can then be customised with a range of Optional Benefits. You could even get up to 30% discount!^ Head on down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
* Cover up to £8,000 available on lunar monthly Lifetime Gold policies.
^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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