Thinking of Getting a Pet? Read This First - Adventures With Ellie

Thinking of Getting a Pet? Read This First

Around the Holidays I have seen and heard many people considering getting a new member of the family and even though this is one of the most awesome gifts to bring into your home how about first read some information I've learned from ASPCA.

 If you are like many, you may be considering buying a pet from a pet store or breeder. However, before you make a decision, consider the benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter. Though a pet store or breeders' may seem the more advantageous choice, rescue pets can be equally rewarding and perhaps an even better addition to your family.

Also there are benefits of adopting a puppy if that is what you are looking for. Rather than buying one at a pet store. For more information on how shopping in pet stores supports the puppy mill industry, please visit

More information that is important is to know more about relationships with pets and your children according to their ages.  Here is some more information to learn about what you should know before getting a pet.

3-5 Years

At this age, your child is learning about contact and empathy. ASPCA experts recommend a guinea pig for a pet. Guinea pigs like to be held, seldom bite and will whistle when excited or happy, to the delight of most kids. Your child can also help with responsibilities by filling the water bottle and food dish. I can testify for this as we have two sweet fluffy boys (as we call our Guinea Pigs) that my husband got for me (well the family ha) as my Mother's Day gift. My little girl who is 5 helps to replace the water and helps me prepare their food as well.

5-10 Years

 Years Kids this age have inconsistent attention spans and are best off with small pets such as gerbils and goldfish. Supervise them during play sessions and while they do chores such as cleaning cages, filling water bottles and bowls, measuring food and scrubbing cage furniture and toys. This is a good time to develop good hygiene habits around pets with an emphasis on washing hands and surfaces when done handling or playing. We also have three turtles that once again we actually got from a shelter.They have been with us for three years and that has become my youngest son's (who is 9) job to help with them.

10-13 Years 

  Kids in their early teens have a great interest in animals and a good capacity for responsibility. They are ready for pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits and can handle feeding and walking the pet, cleaning the cat’s litter and cleaning out the rabbit’s cage. Although kids in this age group can be reliable, adults should always check that pets have adequate food and water and that the cage or litterbox is clean. Kids can also participate in dog training classes, which can be an excellent learning opportunity for them.

14-17 Years 

Teens tend to be very busy, and animals will have to compete for their time and attention. Recommended pets are birds and aquarium fish. They’re old enough to take on all of the responsibilities of caring for their pet, with adult supervision and guidance. They may even spend their allowance on treats. Parents should note that dogs and cats acquired at this time will probably stay in the home when the child leaves for college. My oldest actually does spend some of his allowance on treats for our Guinea Pigs and although he does get busy he does his part as well with them.

We love the pets we have currently have and if it were up to me I'd have way more but since we rent we are limited to what we could have. This might be something else you could consider before you get a pet as well.

 I hope this information has been helpful. Also visit the ASPCA adoption center ( to receive 10% off the adoption fee: HappyHOWLidays

 I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the ASPCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate
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