Honestly, until they are old enough and mature enough to contribute to the care of the animal it will be the parents' responsibility. Our girls have cats...they are 2 and almost 5 ( in 2 weeks). However, I clean the litter boxes and fill up their waterer...my oldest is now old enough to feed them. I do the majority of the care for them.
I have worked with animals most of my life in a professional capacity and I've always hesitated when it came to giving animals to children as they really aren't mature enough to care for them properly...it does help in teaching responsibility though. Pets are not disposable and should never be treated as such. ( not even fish, reptiles or small animals- which is what most people think of as "disposable or easily replaced" pets)
at 6:58 AM on Oct. 22, 2010