Having children and pets in the home is totally doable with the right planning. Some keys to teaching your child to be a responsible pet owner:
Give your kids age-appropriate chores to help them understand how to properly care for pets.
Model good behavior for your kids. Showing kids how to care for a pet, rather than telling them, helps them better understand.
Enlist their help to create a budget. Pets require financial responsibility, too, and kids don’t always think about costs.
Teach them proper feeding. Explain how different foods can be toxic to pets, like chocolate or onions.
– Mercedes Wood, SPCA Tampa Bay