There are two widespread types of pet owners: the dog lovers and the cat lovers. While the first category will boast with the intelligence exhibited by dogs, the latter will be appreciative of both the independence and attachment exhibited by cats. Of course, a person might have his or her favorite, but someone who truly loves animals will have something good to say regarding both species. Nevertheless, when it comes to your child, one species might be more suited than the other.
There are advantages and disadvantages for both sides. Some might think that it’s risky to have a small child play with a cat or a dog, but specialists in child development and pet owners alike will tell you that it’s very beneficial for the child to grow up with a cat or a dog by his or her side.
How do we know what pet should we pick for our child?
Dogs are known and appreciated for their loyalty. They would do anything for their master. Also, dogs are extremely intelligent, easy to train and fun to have around the house. A dog goes well with a playful and active child that needs to consume some of that extra energy. The loving care that a dog provides for a family member is deep and nurturing. Also, there are many cases when a dog saved a person’s life.
On the other hand, a dog’s personality may vary from one breed to another. Some breeds may be more intelligent, aggressive or playful than others. Also, a dog may have been mistreated by his former masters, which could also make him more aggressive or less playful than other dogs of the same breed.
Also, it’s widely known that dogs need lots of attention and nurturing. A child may desperately want a canine companion, but when it comes to taking him out for a walk when he would rather stay in and play computer games, we all know how that might turn out. It will then fall upon the parent’s shoulders to take care of his basic needs. Under no circumstance should you adopt a dog if you know you can’t take care of it.
Aggression shouldn’t be an issue if the breed isn’t known for its aggressiveness and if it’s been raised accordingly.
Cats are little furry creatures that are preferred by many due to their soothing nature. A feline that was raised affectionately will reciprocate. Many people say that cats are cold, but that simply isn’t true. That said, cats are a lot more independent than dogs. When they want to be alone, they subtly hint at it. Many cat owners will say that cats love and understand their master and are not, in fact, less intelligent than dogs. They simply have a different way of expressing themselves.
Cats also get attached to children. You may have seen many videos on the web of cats stoically tolerating “wild behaviors” of small children without getting angry. However, like any animal, cats can be rather unpredictable at times and can react aggressively. Cats make great pets for children that prefer a loving animal that doesn’t constantly need attention.
Cats are a lot easier to take care of than their canine counterparts. One possible problem that they can pose is allergies. Some people that have not been brought up with cats in the house might be allergic to cat hair.
There are many species of cats spread around the world, each one exhibiting different levels of intelligence and affection shown towards humans.
Choosing between a dog and a cat can be difficult because each animal has its own advantages and disadvantages of being a great pet for your child to grow up with. It’s all about preference and the effort you’re willing to put. From the latter point of view, cats are easier to take care of, especially if you live in an apartment.
The only thing certain is that it’s very beneficial for the child to grow up with either a dog or a cat, even from a very young age. Either one of these intelligent animals offer a sense of security for the child. Many small children sleep better when their furry friend is around and feel more protected when they’re alone.