We humans share our planet with animals and plants and it is not only our duty but also in our interests to help preserve the great variety of species, rather than allow them to become extinct through lack of suitable habitat or by persistent persecution. Many animals have become domesticated and help serve our needs as farmyard animals, or as working dogs, whilst others such as cats and dogs are often valued companions. Certainly with children it is good for them to keep pets to teach them the value of life and get to know more about animals in general. If you want to get a cat or dog it is best to think about it carefully before deciding on the type of breed you want since temperaments can vary, and it is often best to go to a breeder to be sure of their good health and pedigree although many people have been very happy picking up a dog at Battersea care home whilst doing the dog the big favour of giving it a good home.
For many though, and especially for younger children, smaller pets may be best to start with. Your local store will have a good selection of small animals suitable for the home, so why not have some pet shop fun and take your kids there to view reptiles, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits so that they can see the diversity of animal types and have the joy of picking out their own animal to care for.
Fish in an aquarium can be fascinating to watch but they are hardly very cuddly so have limited interest for children because the novelty soon wears off. (more...)