An animal is not a gift for Christmas!
If you are thinking of gifting this baby to your toddler or family member this Christmas, think carefully!
“Mom, I want a bunny … and honey … and sand … and a fish …”. And then we kneel down and a nice little bundle comes home, sometimes with a red cap on his head and a bow around his neck, in a nice box, or just brought on his hands from an asylum or in a glass jar from some five shops. Unfortunately, this kind of holiday scenario is repeated in every average family in our country and in the world.
Despite the “beauty” of such movie scenes, they provoke anger and, most often, condemnation in some keen animal lovers. However, it is not necessary for this story to end badly, as all the responsibility falls on the parents, grandparents whose story is later listened to by the veterinarians at the practice.
Children take care of their pets to the extent that we have explained to them how much attention they need to give to animals on a daily basis. Although they may not seem so, their physiology and behavior are demanding, especially when it comes to very young animals. Developmental psychologists agree that parents and their awareness are crucial in accepting any responsibility of a child for a pet.
We need to think about the time we will devote to them, the obligations they make, choose the animal, and most importantly, the acceptance of the animal itself, that is, whether they ultimately click on the child and pet.
It is extremely important for the child to note that a pet, such as a hamster, lives two to three years, and that it is quite a long time to care for someone, especially if they are not fully devoted to it. That’s why they most often end up with classmates or neighborhood friends. Dog and cat live longer …
Pets suitable for age
When choosing a pet for your toddler, the following guidelines from the American Society for the Prevention of Violence against Animals can be of great help:
Up to three years: Instead of bringing a new pet to your family, you prefer to present your baby or baby in the right way to existing pets. Let them get to know each other and get used to each other.
Three to five years: Guinea pigs are a good choice because they like to be held, rarely bitten, and can whistle when they are happy or excited, which is especially fun for kids. Have your toddler help with feeding or replenishing water.
Five to 10 years: Pets like mice, rats or fish are suitable. Children can help with cage cleaning, but they should develop the habit of checking that the animal has sufficient food and water and that the cage is properly closed.
Ten to 13 years: Your child is now ready for the responsibility of a dog, cat or rabbit. It can help with feeding, walking, cleaning cages or sand, but at the end of the day you should check that your pets have everything they need. Enroll in an obedience school – so your little ones will have a great opportunity to learn all about caring for their pets.
14 to 17 years: At this age, children are usually burdened with many extracurricular activities and cannot devote much time to pets. Birds or fish are a good choice. And remember: one day when your children leave the family home, the pet will stay with you!
The holiday season is not favorable for pets because the animals themselves are stressed by the changing environment, and when we are cooking, throwing firecrackers, friends and relatives come to us, and there is no quiet corner in the house or apartment, the stress level is enormously increased. This results in various problems in the form of fear, distrust and metabolic disorders.
Gifted animals end up in asylums more often
Please note that you do not give pets to friends or relatives. It has been proven that, except that you are certainly not fully aware of their life habits (although you think you are), you are putting them in a very awkward position if they do not accept the pet. They think they have failed you, that they have failed your pet, and often times the story ends in disgrace. If you decide to talk to a friend about a pet gift, read both the facial expressions and the person’s inner feelings – when “no” really means “no” … like when a friend tells you this makeup is bad even though you currently have it on your face, and she did not notice it. Because she doesn’t want to honestly say what she really feels to hurt you.
The evidence also supports the fact that donated animals are more likely to end up in asylums, zoos and the like. The owners you pet with without talking to them will leave the animal for several reasons:
- it does not fit into their rhythm and lifestyle
- they do not want a long-term commitment (in the case of cats or dogs it is up to fifteen years or more!)
- unable to set aside enough money for all the care and protection they need
- some family members are allergic, and you didn’t know it
- simply, they love animals, but in “another life” or “friend has a nice dog” you don’t know or don’t want to tell
- lifestyle changes or times of return
- reduce the inflow of money into the home budget
- when it comes to animals, they are beautiful while smaller, but if they develop their distinctive character in a direction they are unfamiliar with, the pet ends up out of the home.
Fortunately, there are also examples where a person in a state of excitement becomes extremely attached to an animal and decides to devote a part of their life to a newly acquired pet.
Therefore, emotions aside and reason in your head when thinking about pet-giving! Let the people decide for themselves a pet. Explain to the children everything about caring for animals through books, the Internet, or take them to an asylum and zoo to see adult animals, not a little squat from the beginning of the story. It is also very nice to support asylums and associations through donations (blankets, blankets, food, toys …) if you are unable to fully devote your life and life to another small creature.