Why pets are great for kids

Why pets are great for kids
October 15, 2015 Cure All Pest Control

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Having a pet when you’re a child not only teaches responsibility it encourages youngsters to feel empathy and compassion.

something that we’re sorely lacking in today’s technology driven world.

If today’s movies, music and toys are anything to go by then it’s a given that most kids love animals. Having a pet when you’re a child not only teaches responsibility it encourages youngsters to feel empathy and compassion, something that we’re sorely lacking in today’s technology driven world. Here are some more pros for pet ownership.

Pets Can Help With Learning

Kids can benefit from having a non-judgmental animal friend when it comes to learning. Studies have shown that children are more relaxed reading to animals than humans, which is why many libraries have introduced reading time with dogs. Having a patient animal is key whether your kid is curling up with a cat or showing a dog pictures from a book.

Pets Can Provide Comfort

Many kids rely on an animal for emotional support and just having a fluffy pet to cuddle when they’ve had a bad day can make everything seem better. It can also provide a shared interest with other children. Parents who have given their kids animal companions report than they appear less withdrawn and stressed.

Pets Can Help Develop Nurturing Skills

If you want your kids to be nurturing caregivers and have good parenting skills when they’re adults, then give them a pet to look after from a young age. Kids that live in the city don’t often have the opportunity that country kids do to appreciate nature. Caring for a pet is also something that’s not seen as a ‘girlie’ thing and something both sexes can be involved in at any age.

Pets Can Keep Kids Healthy

There is some evidence to show that animals can protect kids from certain illnesses, and the more pets they have can lessen the risk of developing allergies to dust mites and grass, and also asthma. This is because early exposure to saliva from cats or dogs licking skin can strengthen a child’s immune system.

Pets Can Strengthen Family Bonds

You often hear people say that their dog is part of the family, and when everyone looks after it together, i.e., feeding, grooming, walking, taking it to the park in the weekend, this can help strengthen family ties. Even just small things like laughing at a cat’s antics or helping to clean out the fish tank with mum or dad can create lasting memories for kids.

Some of the best pets for children:

puppy sitting

Dog- develops a strong bond

gold fish in bowl

Goldfish- a starter pet

kitten sitting

Cat- popular with girls

bird perching

Bird- for patient, creative kids