Would you like to please your child with a small dog, a ram rabbit or a kitten? Before cracking, think carefully about what it will ask you in terms of financial investment. Because pet food will suffer insane inflation in 2023.
Having a pet is the dream of many children, often granted by a cute ball of fur on the occasion of a birthday or Christmas. If we know that this gift will require a lot of attention and maintenance from parents, there is another criterion to take into account to know if you are able to assume it over time: its daily price. Because inflation will hit animal feed hard. The prices of 'pet-food' will increase by more than 40%, announced Edouard Leclerc on BFM TV . What to think twice before embarking on an adoption, especially at the dawn of Christmas, when you could be taken by the enthusiasm of the holidays to please your little one. Because it is not a question of giving in to a desire, then finding yourself without the means to provide for the needs of the animal. Especially since alongside cat food and other dog pies, there are a whole host of other issues to take into account.
One in two French people owns a pet, but each year, 100,000 are abandoned. A decree published on July 20, 2022 in the Official Journal defines the new rules governing the acquisition of a pet . Thus, to avoid compulsive purchases, people acquiring a cat or dog 'for a fee or free of charge' (or a horse for professionals) will receive a ' certificate of commitment and knowledge', specifying the needs of the animals, and the obligations that the owners will have to respect. Ask yourself the right questions: will you have enough space to accommodate it, time to take it out, have you thought about the financial aspect? Ultimately, two solutions are available to you : either you categorically refuse by calmly explaining to him that you do not wish to have animals for various reasons (question of allergies, budget, space, etc.). Either you are not against the idea, but you must first evaluate all that it implies. 'What is the life expectancy of the chosen companion? Do we have the necessary budget? What will we do with the animal when we go on vacation? Am I ready to supervise the maintenance of the animal? ' will be so many questions that you will have to ask yourself before acquiring your animal.
Having a pet means, first of all, develop a sense of responsibility . Indeed, according to veterinarian Jean Cuvelier, ' Caring for your pet includes a series of tasks and duties: changing the straw in the cage, bringing water and food morning and evening, playing with it regularly, showing it affection '. These practices go in the direction of a autonomy for the child is able to take care of someone else, and thus derives real personal satisfaction from it. What's more, welcoming an animal when the child is very young allows him to develop body language . Very young, the child does not know how to use sentences to communicate and must therefore learn to express himself differently. The vet explains: ' With the pet, the toddler learns a non-verbal language, that is to say the bodily expression of his feelings. He will develop his senses, touch, sight, hearing, smell to better 'understand' his animal and communicate with him .' Indeed, we must not forget that animals have a real language of their own. The child who does not yet speak will be more receptive to the world around him, and will learn to decode the expectations and needs of his animal more easily. In short, a real apprenticeship in life!
First of all, know that a pet represents a big investment in terms of budget : food, care (veterinarian, groomer), insurance (liability insurance, health insurance), hygiene products (shampoo, dewormer, brush, comb...), and equipment (collar, leash, cage, bowl, games, etc.). It is therefore necessary to consider this financial aspect as a priority before embarking on the furball adventure!
Of course, if you opt for a goldfish or a rodent, the question of space does not arise (unless you are often away from home). On the other hand, if your choice is a dog or a cat, you must take into account its future place of life, and even more, if its size is important. Do you have a garden? Do you have enough coins for him to stretch his legs? Where can he sleep? Take the time to ask yourself these questions before you commit.
If the resort where you are going for the holidays accepts animals, know that it is not the same everywhere. You must then imperatively know who would be the person likely to take care of your animal during your travels. Otherwise, you can book a place in a specialized pension or use a home care system (a solution that is often expensive).
Cough, red eyes, runny nose are all symptoms that reveal sensitivity to allergens, in you or your child. To prevent this from happening, do not hesitate to go to an allergist who will give you skin or blood tests. If you, a member of the household or your child are allergic, know that treatments are possible (antihistamines, corticosteroids). However, it is often best not to adopt the animal in question. In children predisposed to allergies, a series of measures should be put in place: sterilize the animal, ventilate the room every day, have wooden floors, wash your hands after petting the coat, etc.
It is a solitary and independent animal, which may suit independent profiles
The dog generally requires much more care and attention (you have to take it out every day). Regarding the breed, it is better to inquire beforehand with a breeder or a veterinarian to find out which ones get along best with children.
Be careful if you plan to conceive another child and you are not immune to toxoplasmosis: avoid taking a cat for a while...
The guinea pig and the dwarf rabbit
They are fearful animals at first, then very quickly affectionate. They are more suitable for small children. If children aged 7-8 can take care of it (feed it, clean its cage, play with it), the youngest must be under the supervision of their parents
Attention, if the aesthetic effect of an aquarium can impress more than one at the beginning, children can also quickly get tired, because of the very limited interaction with these animals.
The turtle, the rat, the mouse, the iguana or even the birds are more suitable for adolescents and adults and require much more care. Namely: some of them like the chinchilla or mice live at night, which does not allow them to form many bonds with the animal.
|Extra advice: Know that in case you don't want it, there are other solutions to satisfy your child's desire: long walks in the woods or pony rides are all opportunities to observe and approach animals (squirrels, rabbits, deer...), animal parks (just about everywhere in France), the Salon de l'Agriculture, educational farms, etc.|