Tweens are unique creatures all to themselves. This is a hard time for most of them. They aren’t quite a little one anymore, but they aren’t teenagers yet.
When it comes to choosing a pet for your tween, there are some things that should be considered. Here are some tips to help you out!
A pet can be a great way for your tween to learn responsibility and reap the rewards of care for a special animal.
However, you as a parent will know if your child is ready for a parakeet or a pet rock.
Will the Pet Live Indoors?
Many families have pets that do not live indoors. Other family members may be allergic or some may just not like an animal living inside their home.
A snake owner will end up keeping dead rodents in the freezer. Parrots, and other birds will bond to only person in most cases and they put off a lot of dust. Or you can always choose simple pets such a cute kittens that are simpler to care for.
However, animals that live inside have about twice the life expectancy of outdoor pets. The elements, sickness, and accidents can all cause problems. An indoor pet can really change your family’s life too.
A snake owner will end up keeping dead rodents in the freezer. Parrots, and other birds will bond to only person in most cases and they put off a lot of dust.
How Long Is the Pet Going to Be With Your Tween?
If you aren’t careful, you could end up with a pet that stays with you long after your child heads to college. Some birds can live up to 70 years and some turtles can live up to 50 years. Most pet dogs will live between 10 – 20 years.
A goldfish should live a few months and a rat for about 2 years. Make sure your tween understands the commitment involved in owning a pet and that it simply will not do to lose interest after a few months.
Is Your Tween Buying the Pet?
If your tween has saved enough money to buy that six foot long boa constrictor, then you may have a hard time telling him no. However, unless you know your child is responsible enough to provide the care that is needed, you will end up taking care of the snake or other animal.
While it’s obviously your tween’s pet, you need to be comfortable with it too. If you aren’t sure about your tween’s choice, you might offer to pay half so you have a say as well.
Does Your Tween Have Allergies?
Many children have allergies from certain pets [pet allergy]. There is a lot of pet dander to consider, as well as fur or feathers. If possible, let your child spend some time with a neighborhood pet to see if they have any type of reaction. You can also speak with your child’s pediatrician to see if they can recommend an allergy medication.
Ensure That Your Child Is Prepared For The Responsibility
A childhood pet can really bring a lot of enjoyment to your tween’s life, but also to the entire household. Make sure your child is aware of how much responsibility comes with having a pet and that they are ready to accept it.
Talk with your child about their choice and make sure they are getting their pet for the right reason. Above all, take time to enjoy the new addition to your family with your child!