There are many things that a parent wants to get their children and often a pet is somewhere on that list. There is, however, a right time and a wrong time to get a child a pet, and Christmas is not the right time. There are complications, such as where to hide a puppy until Christmas morning as well as helping your child to understand the responsibility that goes with taking care of a cat or dog. Christmas morning is not the best time to have a conversation about responsibility with a child. To go along with that there are financial reasons to wait until after New Year’s Day to decide if a pet is right for your family.
Cost of Buying the Pet
A pure bred animal can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars just to buy. At a shelter a pet will still cost up to $200. That’s quite an investment without factoring in all the other expenses that need to be paid when caring for a living being. Add that to the fact the fuzzy buddy will be given at the same time as other presents and could be valued less because of the divided excitement of your child. When you choose to introduce a pet to the family, let your new pet be the focus rather than the time he was given.
The Baby Factor
I’m not talking about the cuteness of a kitten or puppy that fades with growth and time. While that’s something to consider, I’m talking about the fact that your potential furry friend will want to chew, knock over, shed on, and claw up everything. Like a baby this fuzzy addition to your home will have needs, like the normal food and water needs. They will also have medical needs and training needs. Consider every aspect of cost and if you are willing to accept it before entering into what is hopefully a life long arrangement with a fuzzy friend.
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