We're going to get a family pet when we move in about 3 months. I'm a little torn because honestly I'm strongly a dog person but my toddler REALLY LOVES cats and kind of has an obsession with them. I want a pet he can play with but is ok without a yard.
So would you get a cat or a dog for a family with a 2 year old? Older pet or younger one?
Answer by Rosehawk at 12:59 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 85779 Level 36 General Parenting Degree
I sooooo agree with Rosehawk!! I have a 3 yr old, and I have to yell at her 100x a day even more on some days, that Spooky is a cat NOT a pull toy, or a squeaky toy, a stuffed animal, a baby doll she can put clothes on. And then you have a cat food. My dd thinks cat food is her main course meal! My Spooky is 12 yr old cat, and my cat has to be THE most tolerant cat I ever have seen! Especially when dd pulls on her tail, my cat has yet to bite hard. I think just about every mom here will tell you to wait until they are older.
She just turned 2
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:23 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 57355 Level 33 General Parenting Minor
Answer by Ballad at 2:06 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 82642 Level 36 General Parenting Major
I have twins. When they were about 8 months old a tiny kitten (about 5-6 weeks old) suddenly appeared in the garden. I hadn't wanted a pet until they were older but I couldn't turn away a kitten, could I? Strangely enough, perhaps because they grew up together we never had a single problem. No biting, no scratching, nothing ... :)
Answer by winterglow at 3:19 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 31026 Level 27 General Parenting Minor
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Answer by BrawnwynII at 9:15 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 107325 Level 39 General Parenting Minor
Answer by veggiewoman at 9:33 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 6 Level 2
Two is definitely too young for a child to have a pet of their own. They do not know how to properly play with them at that age and there would be a good chance that the dog or cat would end up always wanting to avoid the grabby little hands that keep pulling their fur and tails. If you do insist though, I would go for an older pet (either cat or do) that is good with kids.
Our daughter grew up with pets (we had both cats and dogs when she was born), but she has never had a pet of her own...minus fish. She is 6 and we are just now getting her her very own kitten because she is just now getting to the point of being responsible enough to know she will properly care for it.
Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 10:42 AM on Jul. 4, 2012Credits: 59851 Level 33 General Parenting Major
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