Cats and dogs are popular pets for kids, these cuddly and playful animals are quite hard to resist that some parents avoid taking their kids to the pet shop until the kids are ready to have their own pets. Kids can be very persistent once they have set their minds into getting something that they really want. Deciding on having a furry pet in the house can be difficult especially when it comes to children with allergies. Choosing the right pet highly depends on the family lifestyle and personality of the child.
One of the most practical pets that parents can give their kids is a cat. These sweet, playful and adorably furry friends are self-groomers and require less exercise than dogs. However, this doesn’t mean that cat owners need not groom their cats. These affectionate creatures would appreciate a few brush strokes on their manes from their owners too. A five to ten minute a day grooming period should be enough to make them feel cared for. Cats reward their owners with loyalty and companionship. They are considered as great human companions because of their faithfulness and love for communication. Purring, pawing or cuddling is their way of expressing their affection while their body language and behavior are usually reflective of their mood. The cat’s playful and curious nature also makes them fun to be with that kids can even be entertained by simply watching their antics. Pet owners who love to teach their pets a few tricks won’t be disappointed in the intelligence and learning ability of their feline companions.
These are just some of the reasons why people love having pet cats in their homes. But there is one reason that keeps parents from getting a cat for their children and that is allergies. Asthma and allergies shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it doesn’t have to be a hindrance in getting a pet for kids. Having pets can help kids outgrow their allergies by taking proper precautions. Parents can choose cat breeds that produce lower allergens than others and limit the child’s exposure to the cat to minimize allergy risks.
Cats are independent, need little supervision and are low maintenance. They make wonderful pets.