Before we had children, my husband and I poured all our parental instincts into our pets. We bought mother and father’s day card for each other from the pets. The cats had cat nip toys and little cat beds and the dog had a scarf she wore on special occasions. After our son was born they had to remind us to fed them. The cats by following us around yowling and the dog by staring mournfully at us while blocking the TV. Either way, we had to find a way for the kid and the pets to coexist.
Many believe that pets are a good way to teach children responsibility and in the case of an only child, gives them someone else in the house besides you to annoy. But what kind of pet. I am a cat person. I don’t dislike dogs, I just think they are a little high maintenance compared to cats. Having a cat is like living with a friend, a deadbeat friend you have to support, but just a friend. You walk in the door and the cat looks up as though saying. “Dude, bowl’s empty.” Having a Dog is more like living with a relative. There is emotion, drama and guilt. You walk in the door and the dog is like, “You’re home. You’re home. I’m so happy you’re home. I didn’t know where you went. I thought you might have been murdered by the meter man. How could you do this to me after I gave you the best months of my life.” and you’re like “Geez, dog, I just went to get the mail.”
Also, dogs have to be walked. Cats only have to be occasionally moved off the furniture so you can dust. Dogs have to be bathed. Cats are self cleaning. It is fun to watch a Cat embarrass itself. Nothing embarrasses a dog.But Hubby and the Kid like dogs. Once my son said the cat was looking at him like he was a dumbhead. I told him that is how cats look at everyone. Anyway, they get dogs and give to me to raise.
Dogs are better with kids. Dogs like kids. Kids run and chase,and throw things. They leave a trail of food everywhere the go. Cats don’t seem to like children as much. For some reason people who run at them screaming “Kitty Cat” make them nervous. A child can walk into a room with cats and all he will see are the tips of tails disappearing beneath furniture.
Other option are birds, fish, and various rodent type animals. I wouldn’t recommend these along with dogs and cats, unless you are want a long, tearful “cycle of life”, “remember in school when you learned what a carnivore was” conversation.