Adopting a pet is a big responsibility but weighing in on the pros, it will be a great addition to your family and a great companion to your child. Growing up, my parents introduced me and my brother to pets like chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats. As working parents, they had, very little time to spare and the pets were brought home as a method of helping us cope with their absence. Not only did we enjoy spending time with them, but we had also become more responsible at a young age. Moreover, I developed compassion for everything in my environment and would deter my friends from hurting any animals.
Adopting a cat has many more benefits then your child just getting a cuddly companion. Let us understand the benefits of bringing a cat home for your child.
Cats Are Our Best Friends Too
Cats have the innate ability to become your companion and a devoted friend as well, contrary to common belief. They are engaging in nature and follow humans around the house just like dogs. Having a cat around a child has its own perks like learning important life lessons. Due to their social tendencies, social skills are brushed off on your child. From a young age, your child will understand the nuances of interacting with animals or human beings alike.
According to What To Expect, “Research shows that kids with family pets have higher self-esteem. Why? Probably because they have a four-legged (or two-legged) creature to love who loves them right back, and a friend to talk to and play with when no one else is around. Later, when your child starts school, your pet can even boost her academic skills. Studies show that reading aloud to a loyal (and nonjudgmental) companion, like a dog or a cat, can turn a reluctant reader into a self-confident one. What’s not to love about that?”
Adopting a Cat Is Good for Your Health
Studies have proved that children who have grown up with cats have a lesser risk of developing allergies, infections or respiratory problems, later in their lives. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has mentioned that children who have cats at home, have reduced risk of developing asthma. Beyond physical health, cats have been proved to be great for mental health too.
Simply stoking or patting your furry friend can help reduce your stress levels, so it is good for both the children as well as the parents. Even a cat’s purrs are therapeutic in nature and have healing abilities.
Adopting a Cat Helps with Family Bonding
Cats or any pet for that matter can love their human companion, unconditionally and vice versa. When there is a pet in the house, the family collectively become the nurturers. Right from feeding, grooming to taking them on walks becomes a shared responsibility. This brings members of a family closer as well as acts as a great respite from a hectic schedule for both parents and children.
Cats Are A Great Source of Entertainment
With over 2 million cat videos on the internet, it is no surprise that your feline friend is a great entertainer. Children love to watch their antics as much as adults do. Watching cats play with boxes, chasing birds or simply being goofy can keep them entertained for hours and most importantly keep them off television or phones. Children will also be less prone to depression and anxiety if they have a pet around them, engaging them in laughter and games.
Cats Help with Learning and Nurturing
As mentioned earlier, pets help children with learning. Study shows that children are more relaxed around pets than humans. So, if your child is having issues grasping things or difficulty in reading, let them sit with their pet and do their homework. Especially children with special needs can benefit a great deal with these non-judgmental friends who are loving and affectionate while being very patient.
Apart from this, adopting a cat can teach your child a very important lesson in nurturing. Nurturing is an ability that is not easy to acquire but is a great quality to have. Children raised with pets are often active parents to their four-legged (or two-legged) friends, compared to their siblings. Children are fast learners and watching their parents take care of the pet makes them follow suit. Right from feeding, grooming to taking care when the pet is not well, occurs naturally to them. This helps children become empathetic individuals who are always looking out for others.
Considering a pet is not an easy responsibility when you have kids in the house, but if you have a routine in place with necessary pet supplies, everything will fall in place. And yes, you won’t be alone in this ride. Your child will help you with taking responsibility for the pet and it will be a great feeling. Happy Petting!
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About the author:
Roselin Raj is a journalist and a writer. She has been writing extensively on health and wellness related topics for a little over a decade now. Besides her professional interests, she loves a game of basketball or a good hike in her free time to fuel her spirits. “Health is wealth” is one motto of life which she lives by as well as advocates to every reader who comes across her blogs.