4 Articles on Children and Pets

April 28, 2009 at 5:55 AM 2 comments

My children have continuously asked for new pets or if they could own other pets when they are older. Right now we have room for our two cats, but I’d eventually love to bring some other animals into our home. You know, when we can actually get out of this apartment and into a bigger home. But right now I’m rather content with our two cats.

My plans are that my cats will help teach the boys about the responsibility of owning a pet before I allow more pets into our home. I’ve read so many stories about families that had to give a pet up for so many reasons that never seemed like great reasons. And I’ve told them numerous times “When you can show me that you can be responsible for the pets we already have then perhaps we’ll talk about bringing home a new one.” But until they’re older and can help (are willing to help) clean up after and care for the cats we have then we’re in no hurry to bring any more home.

Not that all children aren’t ready for pets. I wrote an article in for the 2008 issue of Critters USA where children sent in tips on how to care for small mammals for children who are interested in becoming pet owners. Some of the tips I received were rather mature and responsible. I was very impressed. So today’s entry is about educating families with children about pets (hopefully before they bring one home).

Here are links to four articles about pets and children:

Kids and Reptiles
Reasons why kids should keep reptiles.

Playtime for Kittens and Kids
Expert tips for developing playtime routines with children and kittens.

Kids & Dogs Play Nice
Teach your kids how to play with your new dog.

Kid-Hating Parrot
Teach children how to interact with a pet bird

Inside the AnimalNetwork Community – Monday, April 27, 2009

Barkin’ Back from DogChannel
Dog Fancy magazine is looking for dog owners to submit questions to its natural care expert, Shawn Messonnier, DVM. Find out how to submit your questions and get published in an upcoming issue of Dog Fancy magazine.

If you’ve been inspired to train your dog to start competing in agility competition then you should start off with DogChannel article “10 Steps to Getting Started in Agility.”

The Cat’s Meow from CatChannel
CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, offers some helpful ways to get cats to take their medication.

CatChannel managing editor Nikki Batalis blogs about an emotional YouTube reunion with a lion called Christian that prompted a book reissue, which is now a best-seller.

From the Flock at BirdChannel
If you’re interested in teaching your parrot fun tricks then you’re in luck. Tani Robar not only gives step-by-step articles on BirdChannel, but also help you with the first important step, Preparing your bird for trick training session.

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC gives insight on the question “Is caging a bird abusive?

In the Herp World at ReptileChannel
If you’re a tortoise or turtle owner and are looking to provide an outside enclosure for your herp then you might be interested in the article “How to Build a Basic Outdoor Tortoise Pen.”

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP, answers the question “How do high temperatures affect reptiles?”

Out At Sea from FishChannel
Fish expert Jeremy Gosnell shares information on how to establish a home for and basic care for sea horses.

Are you considering digging a pond in your backyard by hand? This article gives tips and information on how to not only dig a pond, but also on accessories like pond liners.

Critter Chatter from SmallAnimalChannel
Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP helps give insight to an owner who asks if her hamster is ill or just lazy.

Ferrets magazine’s ferret expert gives tips on how to help an owner gain the trust of a foster ferret that is afraid of humans due to past abuse.

At The Stable from HorseChannel
If you have questions about how to read (or interpret) the ingredients listed on equine supplements then check out HorseChannel’s Guide to Supplements. This alphabetical guide helps you understand what those ingredients are and what they’re for.

Horse Illustrated senior associate editor Holly Werner gives you a first-hand account of the events that wrapped up Rolex this weekend.


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