Should We Get a Pet for Christmas?

If you are thinking about getting a pet for your kids this Christmas, here are a few thing you may want to consider


 

It seems like the quintessential Christmas present. Since the beginning of television we have seen cartoon and live action families alike gifting a pet for Christmas.  While the TV shows how much kids love a pet for Christmas it neglects to show the aftermath of that decision. Pets can be a lot of hard work and cost a much more than your initial investment.  If you are thinking about getting a pet for your kids this Christmas there are a few thing you may want to consider. 

 

 

 

Think about the responsibility

First you must ask yourself if your child is ready for the responsibility. While pets are fun they can also be a lot of work. Puppies need to be walked and litter boxes need to be cleaned. If you are expecting your child to share any pet responsibilities you may want to wait until they are mature enough to handle it. 

On the other hand getting a younger child a pet for Christmas offers them not only the gift of love, but also a childhood companion. They get a built in friend at a young age and an easy way for parents to start instilling responsibility. Ultimately it is up to the parents to decide what amount of responsibility they want to take on and if their child is at a maturity level to handle the care of a pet. 

 

Think about your environment

Make sure that you are in an appropriate living environment before you make your decision. Many times people will adopt pets with the best of intentions only to later find out that their landlord does not accept pets on the property.  This may seem unfair but many landlords are afraid of property damage that a pet may cause.  It is also important to note that no matter how small your pet is they need their own space. If your living environment is cramped the way it is you may want to wait until you move someplace with a little more space.

 

Think beyond the puppy years

If you are planning on getting a puppy you may want to opt for an older one that has already been potty trained.  While the idea of a brand new puppy is certainly a magical one there is a lot more responsibility that comes along with it.  The winter months are cold and the last thing you want to be doing is making trips outside every half an hour until the new puppy is potty trained. 

If your child has been asking for a pet there is little doubt that they won’t love it, but the reality is you'll be ultimately responsible for the day-to-day care. You can make sure that they know the rules about proper care of their pet and what will be expected of them, but the parent will always be the primary caregiver.    

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