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Q: When do you think is a good age to get a pet for your child?

October 12, 2008 | By Ashley W. | 18 answers | Expired: 2151 days ago

Ashley W.

Just wondering what every one thought was a good age for them to have there own pet.

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Louise P.
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Oct 14, 2008

A good age to have a pet is when a child is old enough to know how to care for a pet and the parent researches different animals to see what is best for a child and at what age.

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Mary W.
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Oct 13, 2008

With adequate supervision, 2 or 3 years old. That way, love, respect and responsiblity will grow at an early age.

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Joey S.
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Oct 13, 2008

My shelter requires 3 months or older for any child under 8 years old for the safety of both the animal and child

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Alustryl
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Oct 13, 2008

Any age is good for a child to have a pet. However, you must realize that you are ultimately responsible for the animal's welfare and can not become angry with a child for not feeding/walking/etc. Involve the child in the pet's care, but you must make certain the animal is cared for. Throughout my entire childhood, we always had pets, usually dogs. My parents made certain they were cared for and I played with them. That's the way it should be. Children are children and are not mature enough to care for a pet on their own.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oct 13, 2008

I got my own pet when I was about 10, Daquota who just passed away a few months ago, and although it was 'my' dog my parents fed her and took her to the vet and such until I was about 16 and then I took over all of the appointments and making sure she had food and water. Although you should tell the child that its their dog and they should take care of it, you need to make sure that they are doing what needs to be done. And dont get a dog if you are going to get rid of it if they do fail to take care of it 100% (because they probably will)

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Kavykeeper
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Oct 13, 2008

I think no matter what the age of the child, the adult has to consider themselves responsible for the pet if the child loses interest. Unfortunately, many pets are given up because an adult gets a child a pet with the understanding that if they don't take care of it, the pet will be given away. This instills the perception that an animal is a possession, like a piece of property, that can be tossed out. Instead, it's better to consider the pet a member of the family with everyone having caring for it. Require feeding, walking, etc. be a part of a daily routine that comes before outside activities.

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dena  w.
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Oct 12, 2008

it depends on the child and the pet. if they are going to loose interrest in a few days then now isnt time. if they will not take care of it then you will have to so you need to look at that. also never trust a child to feed a animal. always check to make sure it has food and water.

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Missy M.
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Oct 12, 2008

If the child in question KEEPS interest in a hobby, then now might be a good time. If they loose interest quickly in a hobby, its a good idea, to put it off for a while.

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Cfisher3406
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Oct 12, 2008

I think depends on the how mature the child is.We got our oldest his very first pet(fish) when he was 5, but the whole family took care of them.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oct 12, 2008

I think it depends on the type of pet and how mature the child is.

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