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Apryl Duncan

Thinking of Buying a Pet as a Gift?

By December 10, 2013

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This is the time of year when cute puppies and cats are the most sought after gift. Unfortunately, today's great gift may be the reason for tomorrow's trip to the pound.

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A family pet can be a child's friend for life.
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But it doesn't have to be that way.

Choosing a pet can be a family affair that gets everyone involved in picking the right animal for your family's needs, personalities and activity levels. The same holds true whether you're looking to add a hamster or a fish to your household.

Bring home the perfect pet for your family in 10 easy steps. This way, you're ready for everything becoming a pet parent entails, from regular expenses to sharing responsibilities when Fido or Fluffy moves in.

Already have a family pet? Help parents decide if your type of pet is right for them in the Family Pets Showcase.

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Comments
December 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(1) Rashid Pervez says:

Gift of Pets
A rabbit or a deer is a good gift to the kids. It won’t be needing extra skill to care. It will keep the kids a run in to watch.

December 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm
(2) Jill (@LifeLoveCake) says:

Another problem with buying pets as Christmas presents:

It’s a horrible time to try an introduce them to their new family. There are so many holiday guests coming and going or spending a few nights. It can be overwhelming and generally unsafe for both animals and guests. There can be many opportunities of leaving the door open for “runners” and nipping at young children because the animals are nervous. Dangerous food items can be left around or dropped on the floor such as chocolate.

In general, the time to introduce a pet to a new family is when everything else is calm and back to normal so they know what they can expect from their new environment on a daily basis.

Plus, like you said, finding a pet is a fun, family bonding experience for everyone!

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