October came and with it Children’s Day. For this reason, many adults are already looking forward to choosing the perfect gift and may end up using the date to gift the little ones with a pet. But would a cat or dog be the best gift choice for that date?
According to data collected by the Companion Animals Authority (COMAC), the main point of entry for pets into Brazilian families is through adoption or as a gift. Namely, the proportion of teachers introduced, 44% had dogs and 31% had cats.
The donor’s intention is always the best, after all, being a pet teacher can be one of the most surprising experiences in a child’s life. Research conducted by WALTHAM (Institute of Pet Science) shows that living with cats and dogs benefits children and adults in general, reduces stress, fear, fatigue and sadness and also helps with emotional and social development. Not to mention it pleases animals too, as many are abandoned or mistreated. However, giving a child a pet is more than just a moment of joy, it is a long-term and lifelong commitment.
For ROYAL CANIN professionals, before you become a pet owner, it is necessary to conduct prior research to determine its characteristics and profile, including behavior data, personality and energy level, in order to find a pet that is synergistic with daily life and family profile for positive adaptation and ownership responsible.
Owning a pet also means taking care of it throughout its life, which is why it is important to maintain healthy habits in order to have a promising life. In addition, it is necessary to create ideal conditions for the cat or dog to feel happy, socialized, well-behaved, and to enrich the life of the family and community, thereby reducing the risk of abandonment.
Always committed to the welfare and responsible ownership of animals, ROYAL CANIN ® has identified 7 key points to consider before buying a cat or dog:
1. Which pet profile is most recommended?
Every cat and dog is different. Their size, age, energy levels, and mood can all affect family dynamics. A vet consultation is a key resource in the search for reliable information. They can even recommend stray breeders, NGOs, and shelters that adopt responsible care guidelines.
2. Are you able to afford the expenses?
Having a pet in your family will incur additional expenses. Remember that the allocated budget needs to cover routine expenses such as food, games, vaccinations, regular visits to the vet, and necessary health care.
3. Have you decided who will take care of your pet’s health?
Choose a vet before your pet arrives and find potential caregivers to take care of your pet in your absence. It is important to introduce them to your pet before hiring them.
4. Are there any special health conditions or nutritional needs that your pet may have in the future?
Find out what your new pet needs to be happy and healthy with you at home.
5. Is your family schedule hectic?
Responsible nursery also includes parent care planning. Can everyone help take care of pets — feed, exercise, train, play — or is the responsibility up to you alone? It is important to think.
6. Have you researched dressage sites and/or are you willing to take the time to do so?
In addition to love and attention, pets must also go through a learning process. Teaching a dog, for example, requires patience, dedication, and perseverance — plus time and resources.
7. Is your home ready to receive pets?
Some breeds need more mental stimulation and more space, while others are better suited to smaller environments. The physical space that will be provided for your pet is important. To receive a cat, for example, it is necessary to check all the windows to prevent escapes and accidents.
Don’t give a pet as a gift, but plan to get one. Having a cat or dog in the family is one of the most rewarding experiences. With proper planning, he will have a happy home and the care he needs for a lifetime.