Can We Have One?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Kids With Cats by Lynn F. Buzhardt

By Lynn F. Buzhardt

The choice to incorporate pets as part of your loved ones could be fraught with uncertainty. How have you learnt while the time is true? How do you decide the fitting puppy? opt for a formal vitamin? steer clear of universal accidents? offer enough workout? stay away from bronchial asthma? percentage care-taking obligations? no longer proportion germs or parasites? even if you are prepared to make the leap or simply starting to discover the prospect, will we Have One? is a necessary source for folks contemplating puppy possession or puppy proprietors contemplating parenthood, providing a wealth of useful details in a single handy, wonderful guide.Veterinarian Lynn F. Buzhardt and social scientist Sue D. Steib mix their services and event with rising medical facts to supply useful and simply applied thoughts for serious concerns with regards to elevating young children and pets jointly. With enticing heat and humor, they handle concerns corresponding to bringing a brand new child right into a pet-owning couple's family, choosing the right better half animal to your kin, dealing with child-pet interplay, and dealing with the lack of a pet.The authors specialise in canines and cats, the most typical pets in American families and those with whom youngsters and adults are probably to shape the most powerful attachments. canine and cats also are at maximum danger of relinquishment to animal shelters. by means of studying what to think about ahead of committing to a family members puppy, you're built to make sure the easiest consequence for all concerned. Pets require loads of their caretakers, yet they offer even more in go back. will we Have One? explains all of the changes and components to expect and the pitfalls to prevent, aiding you offer a cheerful domestic to your puppy and permitting your kids to get the main out of the pet-child dating.

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This may take a while. Introductions cannot be rushed. Quiet acceptance of the baby by the pet should be followed with a reward of praise or treats. Next, allow the pet the latitude to fully explore the new baby with safeguards still in place. Watch closely as your dog or cat investigates the baby more thoroughly. Be extremely cautious as the pet approaches the baby’s face. Face-to-face introductions are sometimes better left for a later date. Consider the baby’s reaction to this introduction as well.

Household Boundaries: W ho G oes W here? Making room for a new baby may challenge expectant parents. Designating a particular room as the nursery and setting aside additional areas in other rooms for baby items upsets the household floor plan. Imagine how upsetting this change in space can be for a dog or cat that views the house as the center of the entire universe? Every expectant couple makes alterations in the household to accommodate a new baby. The key is to make these changes early in the pregnancy to allow time for pets and parents to adjust.

12 Psychosocial Development Some research links pet ownership with the development of positive psychological characteristics in children. In one study of third- through sixth-grade children, for example, those with pets scored higher on measures of autonomy, self-concept, and self-esteem with the highest scores among fifth and sixth Is This the Right Time? indd 33 ~ 33 8/5/08 3:16:45 PM graders. 13 Another study also suggests that children in middle childhood may benefit the most from their association with companion animals.

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