- The Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Exotic Pet Checklist: “Before You Buy”

This checklist contains important questions that you should discuss with your family. And there’s a “Parents’ Info” section at the end. Feel free to print this page so you can tick the boxes.

1. Can you look after your pet for 5-20 years?

The animals in this section live from 5 to 20 years (exception: insects, who only live for a few months). Maybe you won’t be in school anymore, and you might be training or studying in another place.

2. Can someone look after your pet when you go on vacation?

It’s best if relatives can look after your pets while you’re away. Or friends that have their own pets. If not, there are always pet sitting services. But these can be expensive.

3. Do you have enough money to look after your pet?

If your pet gets ill, you’ll have to take it to the vet and it could need medication.

4. Does your whole family agree with the decision?

After all, your parents will be responsible for your pet. They have to agree. Even your siblings should get a say in getting a new family member.

Parents’ Info

A pet can be a great experience for kids. Here are five reasons pets are good for children:

Children with pets:

  • Learn about responsibility.
  • Develop confidence and empathy.
  • Are more active and get sick less often.
  • Are less stressed and suffer from less anxiety.
  • Feel less alone when their parents are at work.

Please don’t forget that parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s pets. Your child is allowed to help with feeding and cleaning but shouldn’t attempt these jobs alone until they’re at least 12 years old.

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