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Q: what would be a good pet for a two year old boy

April 7, 2009 | By Bernadettehunsucker | 18 answers | Expired: 2047 days ago

Bernadettehunsucker

we had a out side cat that he loved at a distance but cat went missing and i would like him to have a pet but dont know what would be best for pet and child

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Jayke
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Apr 08, 2009

I would just like to make a note on the declawing issue:
Yes it's great for keeping the cat from scratching furniture, but..
Declawing isn't just the removal of the claws, it's the amputation of the claw, and the bone up to the first joint, it would be like cutting off your fingers up to the first joint.
Not only is it extremely painful for the cat to recover from, you can also run into behavioral problems such as inappropriate elimination (missing the litterbox) because having to dig in the litter is painful for the cats healing paws. The cats can also become aggresive and fearful because they no longer have their first line of defense. Many veterinarians will no longer perform this procedure, and most cat breeders will have a clause in their contract against it. If you don't want to get a cat because of the scratching issue, there are other options, such as special casings you can glue onto a cats nails, and just keeping them trimmed is often sufficient. Please PLEASE do not declaw your cat.
Now on to the original question...
It's not really about what animal would be good for your son, but what type of animal would you have time to care for?
If you are super busy and can't see yourself spending significant time caring for an animal, a cat would be your best bet, as they are pretty self sufficient. Make sure to teach your son proper handling of animals so he doesn't get scratched, and keep the nails short so that if the cat does try to defend itself, atleast it won't hurt.
If you are thinking you have time in your life for a dog (and they do take time! Walking, feeding, obedience training), then head to your local shelter, tell them you have a two year old, and they will match you with dogs that do well with younger children. I've generally found as a rule that smaller dogs are more likely to feel threatened around small children, and may be more prone to biting.(this is just my experience)
Good Luck!

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Ethel02
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Apr 08, 2009

I think 2 yrs is young for a child to appreciate a pet, and a child that age can be rough on a pet, and the pet could hurt the child out of fear, and maybe an outside cat isn't really treated as a pet, it's ashame your pet went missing, do you think he may be hurt somewhere?

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Norman C.
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Apr 08, 2009

Two years old is too young for a dog or a cat, or for any animal that s/he could hurt. "At a distance" is best. Keep on with that.

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