Respect and love for animals starts early
It's more difficult, though still possible, to teach an adult to do things differently than it is to teach kids about something right from the start. The earlier a child starts learning how to have compassion for animals, the better. Part of that includes providing them with the things they cannot provide for themselves, like clean water, a clean cage, and food. If your child is neglecting the hamster, please read the following: voices.yahoo.com/help-child-neglecting-hamster-8573813.html.
If your child is going to “own” a pet, they also own the responsibility
Owning an animal means caring for that animal. Read the following for more on helping kids with caring for a hamster: voices.yahoo.com/helping-kids-care-their-first-hamster-8176967.html If your child adopts a hamster but you end up being the one to clean the cage, provide food and water, provide stimulation, and handle other care, this defeats the purpose. If your child is not ready for all that, your child is not ready for a pet. In that case, please read the following tips on helping to prepare your child for hamster adoption: voices.yahoo.com/helping-child-prepare-adopt-8576503.html.
Having pets teaches further responsibility and life lessons
By learning how to provide for a hamster, your child will learn important life skills: voices.yahoo.com/kids-pets-important-lessons-8740771.html. This might be practice for babysitting, working elsewhere, or even as preparation for caring for oneself. Kids with pets should be learning how to budget for their care, what types of food they need and how often, what stimulation is appropriate, how to be gentle, and much more.
Does your child have a hamster or other pet? Are they caring for them as they should? Please leave your thoughts and concerns in the comments section below.
*I originally published this elsewhere (no longer published there)