Christmas is just around the corner and I find that one of the big-ticket items that a lot of kids receive is a pet. This is something that we are always 50/50 about and we um and ahh a lot. Both my husband and I grew up with pets so I’m not sure why we are so against it now, well not so much against it. The thing is we research it A LOT, so much so that we eventually get turned off the idea. But at the back of my mind I’m always thinking are our kids missing out on a great part of childhood? I know there are lots of benefits with having pets and it can teach us all so much. Here are my thoughts:
In South Africa we had lots of dogs (at different times) and they were the bigger breeds especially German Shepard’s. Somehow out of 4 siblings I was the one that always ended up taking them for walks, and cleaning up their poo!! The thing is the 3 houses that we lived in, only one had lots of grass, the other two nothing, which meant when the dog did it’s business, I had to poop scoop that shit up, and then it didn’t end there! Oh no I then had to put some soap on the area and get out the special broom and scrub it then rinse it all away! Because of not having grass, cleaning it up this way eliminated the smell and flies! This may have subconsciously scarred me for life. Now I just think the bigger the dog the bigger the size of poo, that will need picking up!! But on the flip side, dogs are such loyal, loving friends, that love spending time with their owners. I know the kids can have endless hours of fun with a dog.
Out of cat’s and dog’s I have to say cat’s are my favourite, however, growing up we never had one. I used to feed the stray cats that used to visit our house, that was as close to having a cat that I had. The only thing about having a cat I’m not keen about is the lovely gifts that they bring their owners, like birds and rats, I would literally crap myself. Also cat’s seem to get injured a lot from fights with other cats and I’m not so good with handling that. Both my daughter and husband are really allergic to cat’s unless we got the cat’s which are specific for allergy sufferers like:
- Siberian (Less of the Fel d 1 protein)
- Balinese (Less of the Fel d 1 protein)
- Colorpoint Shorthair.
- Cornish Rex.
- Devon Rex.
These cat’s are well over the $1000 mark! So….mmmm…will have to keep thinking about that. Cat’s are playful and so much fun, but they can be temperamental and have a bit of an attitude! However they are much more low maintenance than dogs!
I know there are lot’s of other options like fish but that’s a lot of work after speaking to the pet shop. Maybe a bunny is the go, but I’ve never had one, but are they social like cat’s and dog’s? Would the girls be able to play with them? I suppose with rabbits you just have to make sure if you get a pair it’s not a boy and a girl or it will be humping galore and lot’s of babies after that…non stop!
We always said, that if we get a pet we will take out pet insurance because I hear all about the cost’s of taking pets to the vet and when they get sick it’s not as cheap as us going to the dr. I wish I could be like other people who just go out and buy a pet without even thinking about it. Are we thinking about it too much? People say that having a pet is like having another child, except they don’t talk back to you!
So there you go, that’s my dilemma!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this? Are you in a similar frame of mind? How has pets helped your family?