Kids and pets

United States
August 20, 2008 6:49pm CST
Do you have any pets? Did you or do you have them while your babies are young or as toddlers? How do they get along? Do you keep your kitties away from your child's crib? Some believe having a pet to be very beneficial for kids - even toddlers (especially the large ones - more patient, less high strung usually) some believe they can be dangerous, hygenically, as far as asthma and possible injury. what do you think and why?
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@forance (152)
• China
23 Aug 08
a bit unsanitary,dangerous there is indeed!but as it said,it's beneficial for kids,I think that it's a kind of temper of love to the animal on the nature.especially for a child.but if for the babies or toddlers,it must pay more attention.keep a distance between them as possible,can see but not touch.also to take any other toys to instead of.till he grow up a little older,they could take care himself
• United States
23 Aug 08
It can be unsanitary if parents aren't vigilant, but then conditions can be unsanitary anyway if parents aren't clean! It is true, its important to teach young toddlers the proper way to pet an animal and never never to tease the animal, first, its mean and disrespectful and also, even the most patient of animals may fight back in defense. I hate seeing older kids and adults teasing an animal and then having the nerve to get mad when the dog or cat scratches or bites them - it serves the person right for teasing a poor animal!I've had friends who have dogs - larger dogs - which tend to be nicer and much more patient. So if the child does pull on ears and tail or try to ride on them - they take it. While it seems the little dogs are really high strung and prone to bit. We won't have a pet for awhile - one toddler is quite enough to clean up after and be responsible for! But maybe we'll have a tank of fish or something. OR maybe one of those fake tanks!: )
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• United States
23 Aug 08
It can be unsanitary if parents aren't vigilant, but then conditions can be unsanitary anyway if parents aren't clean! It is true, its important to teach young toddlers the proper way to pet an animal and never never to tease the animal, first, its mean and disrespectful and also, even the most patient of animals may fight back in defense. I hate seeing older kids and adults teasing an animal and then having the nerve to get mad when the dog or cat scratches or bites them - it serves the person right for teasing a poor animal!I've had friends who have dogs - larger dogs - which tend to be nicer and much more patient. So if the child does pull on ears and tail or try to ride on them - they take it. While it seems the little dogs are really high strung and prone to bit. We won't have a pet for awhile - one toddler is quite enough to clean up after and be responsible for! But maybe we'll have a tank of fish or something. OR maybe one of those fake tanks!: )
@forance (152)
• China
24 Aug 08
good idea!It's exactly what I want to say.but I prefer a true one,not a fake.
@lkbooi (16104)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 08
Hi artemis, as I know most the kids love small animals as well as my kid. Actually all pets with fluffy fur are cute and lovely and we like to hug them in our arms and pat them softly . While my kid was still a toddler I kept a pair of small tortoises and a tank of peacock fish for him. I didn’t keep any small pets that had fur as I was afraid that the germs that harbored in the furs or the fur itself might cause undesirable disease liked asthma or other to my little loved one. Anyway he was happy together with the pets . He enjoyed watching us feeding them and watching them most of the time posting and have a nice day.
• United States
21 Aug 08
How nice, you in a sense, gave them starter pets. They could learn to be gentle and respect them. Take care of them.
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@lkbooi (16104)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 08
Surely I would take great care of them as kids are always the precious gifts given by God. Yeah, kids should be instilled in their mind how to take care and how to love the adorable pets. Of course we would like to see children could get along with their pets harmoniously and happily. Cheers and take care.
• United States
22 Aug 08
Absolutely - lol - I meant the kids learn to take care of their animals, I have no doubt you take very good care of your kids!
• United States
25 Aug 08
we have always had pets. we now have some birds and a cat. and some mice. we have an 7 year old and a 2 year old. the 7 years old i believe it helps her get some responsibility she gives them food and water every day. she really takes good care of them. and the two year old it is helping her learn to respect the anials and pet nice so when she is older. i think pets are a wonderful wat to teach kids responsibility but they should always be watched around them.
• United States
28 Aug 08
I absolutely agree. Its great to ingrain habits from a young age as well.
@maximax8 (27056)
21 Aug 08
I had pets when I was a child for as long as I can remember. My mum told me that we had pets in our family even before I was born. The first pet that I remember was my white rabbit with pink eyes that I got when I was four years old. We had two cats; a Foreign White with china blue eyes called Silvester and a Burmese with a brown coat and a white patch on her chest called Sophie. I grew up loving those wonderful cats and think back with fond memories. I got a sandy and white rabbit when I was a teenager and my sister got a black Lop rabbit. They were called Sally and Tiggy. Little did we know they were both both female and Sally had seven bunnies. We found a home for two of them and kept the rest. Then I got two gerbils, a gray one called Nod and a brown one called Wink. My mum's American friend moved home giving us four rabbits and a parrot. He still lives with me now and he is about 21 years old. His name is Bingo and he is a White Fronted Amazon. In 2004 I bought Secret a black and white Poodle and in 2006 I bought Magic a black Poodle. In 2007 Leo my son was born and he gets on well with my pets. He actually plays with Secret but I watch that Magic doesn't lick Leo. So my pets that I have were living here before Leo was born so they get along well. Helping care for pets teaches children about compassion and responsibility. A small percentage of children suffer a fur allergy though.
• United States
22 Aug 08
Absolutely and compassion and responsibility are really important lessons to learn! So far it doesn't seem like my baby is allergic so that's good!
@luvstochat (6917)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I had cats when my son was a baby. I never had any trouble with them. Some cats will jump up in the crib and their is a risk of them laying on the baby and smothering them but mine never paid any attention to the crib. I have two kittens now and they do scratch my kids when they pick them up wrong but other wise have not had any problems.
• United States
21 Aug 08
We had a sweet tomcat who would wander in our house sometimes and always make a bee line for the baby. And if he was sleeping, want to lay down next to him. I would let him but only if I was on the bed reading right next to them. When the baby was awake he would pat the cat - hard - and I would put the cat in sme safe place or move the baby - but te cat always found his way back right away!
@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Pets have been in my life I think since I was in my mother's womb...LOL. Both my mother and father were pet people and my father's father breed hunting dogs. I sure wish I could find that picture of me...it's SOMEWHERE...but obviously neither my mother or father had a fear of a pet near me...In fact this one picture I have is of me when I'm only a year old. I'm sitting on the living room floor and right next to me is this gargantuan behemoth of a dog...That took a lot of trust that one, being so young I wouldn't pester the dog like yank it's tail or something, and two trusting the dog not to bite my head off..LOL Who knows though? Maybe at even such a young age, I had respect for animals and not afraid of them
• United States
26 Aug 08
My children are older and yes I still have big dogs, I can remember when my oldest was first born, I had a wolf for about 2 years before I had my daughter. I was told by many that wolf's are pack animals and they would not let anyone other than the original pack be involved in the family so I was to watch very carefully over my baby because the wolf may harm the child. I ended up putting the wolf outside,with a 6 foot privacy fence all around. One day I was unloading groceries and my (at the time) 3 month old baby was crying on the living room floor, as I was trying to hurry to get groceries in. She became silent, then a funny kind of laughing noise came out of the house. I panicked, ran in the house to find my wolf, licking her toes and letting my daughter slap the crud out of her. She had watched my daughter through the sliding glass windows and jumped the fence to get in the house to make my little girl stop crying. I found I had nothing to worry about, my wolf loved my daughter and from then on slept under her crib and pretty much became her watch dog.