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Baby Pets Versus Adult Pets

Baby Pets Versus Adult Pets By Darlene Zagata When deciding on choosing a pet most people opt for a baby animal rather than a full-grown adult pet. Kittens and puppies are adorable but there are some things to consider before making a choice. There can be advantages and disadvantages to both. With a younger pet you will need to train them but since you will be raising the animal from a baby it might actually be a bit easier. If a pet grows along with a young child it is more likely to develop a protective bond with the child. Baby pets may be easier to handle and since they are young they love to play which be quite entertaining to watch. A baby pet may also be more attractive to children because of their energy and playful nature.

Adult pets have their strong points as well. A grown animal may already be well-trained. For example, an adult dog may be a good protector. Some adult animals accept discipline more readily since they may have had some previous training. Older pets are usually more calm and relaxed and tend to be less destructive. If purchasing an animal from a pet store you can assume that it has had no training such as being litter trained or house-broken and has had limited contact with people. If you are planning on getting a pet from a private owner, even a young pet may have had partial training and has probably had quite a bit of contact with humans. The pet may be fairly well-adapted to a home setting.

If rescuing a cat or dog from a pet shelter the animal may or may not have had some training depending upon the previous owners. Some of these pets have come from a home environment in which they may have been mistreated. Many well-behaved and lovable pets can be found in a shelter. All that most of these animals need is a good loving home with someone who is willing to care for them. A pet may seem a bit timid or a little aggressive but this could just be its way of protecting itself particularly if the animal has been abused before.

Choosing a pet is usually based on personal preference. You or your child may see an animal that you immediately fall in love with, and have your heart set on. Whether you decide a baby animal is right for you, or you prefer an adult pet, make sure that you are ready to accept the responsibility of caring for an animal.

Bringing home a pet is a commitment. All too often people choose to bring a pet into their lives and then decide they no longer want the animal for any number of reasons. When this happens the homeless pet ends up in a pet shelter where a perfectly good healthy animal may be put to sleep because the shelter is over-populated and insufficiently funded. Whatever type of pet you choose whether it be cat, dog, kitten, puppy or other be certain it is a pet that you are willing to keep and care for. Don't just go out and purchase a pet on a whim. Think it through and make your choice wisely. Remember, a pet is a commitment.

 

 

 

 

 

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