We had hamsters last year, the female one even gave birth to 3 cutelings at New Year's Eve. But then because of the difficulty in leaving them when we as a family go someplace, we decided to give them away.
As a mom, I look for ways to train my kids to do their tasks and responsibilities so when we got the hamsters from the province, I assigned my kids some tasks related to caring for our new pets.But my younger one has this over giggling towards the cute hamsters. One day, I suspected that one of our hamsters suffered from broken bones because it could no longer stand up. Later that day, he died. Poor thing.
So here are some things to consider and discuss with your kids before you let those pets into your household.
- Are the kids emotionally ready? Make sure no one gets too excited, as the pets may end up getting too stressed or worse, hurt. Your kids should be willing to care for them.
- Is there any available pet shop nearby? If the pet shop is too far, you will likely have a problem in feeding them on time. If possible, scout your are for the nearest vet.
- If your kids have allergies, it is best to locate the pet's home to an area away from your kids' regular play area. If it is really a problem, then opt not to have a pet at all.
- Have a neighbor-friend act as partner in caring for the pet, you will need one especially when you are away.
Pets are great companions. And through them, the kids can learn responsibility and compassion. But this takes quite a lot of effort and cooperation.