All kinds of (living) animals kept at home indoors or outside. Includes dogs, cats, reptiles, fishes, farm animals, and more.

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What are possible risks to a child's health from having an indoor cat?

My children are aged 14 months and 3 years. What are possible risks to their health from having an indoor cat? I had many cats when I was a child but they lived in the garden - they came inside from ...
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Which breeds of dog are safe to have around a toddler?

Which breeds of dog are safe to have around when raising a small child?
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Our son is slightly autistic, Is it wise to have an indoor cat?

I never had an indoor cat, especially in the UK. I am familiar with their behavior as I had plenty of outdoor cats. My son is slightly autistic, I have no idea if it is advisable to have my boy and ...
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What to say to a child whose pet just died

My 24-year-old daughter's cat just died. I've never met her cat, and I am currently only in contact with her over Facebook. I also don't know her address so I can't send her anything. It really has ...
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First pet (fish) just died. Is there a teachable moment?

My 4 year old wanted a dog. I told him that I need to see him take responsibility first for a small pet before getting him a dog - Plus, my yard is not exactly animal friendly right now. We got him a ...
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How do I explain to a 4 year old that our family pet is sick and needs to be put down?

My son loves our 9 year old cat very much. The cat was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer a couple of months ago, and has reached the point where we will soon need to make arrangements to put the ...
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When are kids old enough to have a horse

So I am thinking about getting this kid a horse. But I am not sure if the kid is ready to have a horse and ride it. The kid talks sometimes that he wants a horse and I can get him a horse, but when ...
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Stop a 14 month old from hurting the dog

I am the father to a 14 month old son, an only child, and he is pretty much how I would expect a toddler to be. He has an unquenchable curiosity, a need for play, occasional cuddles, intense desires ...
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How can I help my 2 year old better love his dog?

My 2.5 year old seems to be relatively indifferent to our dog. I want him to learn to care for him and help him learn empathy and respect through having a dog. Any thoughts on tactics I can use to ...
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Teaching my daughter her pets are not toys

We recently adopted a couple of kittens (both males and currently over 3 month old). My daughter (will be 6 in January) keeps picking any of them up, hugging him, treating him as a doll, and ...
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How to make sure my dog and daughter have a safe relationship

Puppies do a lot of "mouthing" including, often, on their owners and care-givers if allowed, and when they get excited they jump up on kids a lot. for anyone around 5 or younger, this is probably ...
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Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?

Is it true that coming into contact with cat feces can harm the unborn baby of pregnant women, whether by a mishap handling kitty litter or gardening in an area where cats may have relieved ...
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How do you determine if a child is ready for a pet?

I think being responsible for a pet is a tremendous opportunity for educational, social, and emotional growth. It is also a big step, and not one to be taken lightly. How do you determine if a child ...
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How do I teach my toddler not to abuse animals?

We have two dogs and two cats, and our son loves to interact with them, but his form of interacting is not particularly enjoyable to the animals... Some of the things he does are just annoying, like ...
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Should I keep hairy pets when my wife is going to give birth?

cats, hamsters. Should I still keep them when my wife is going to give birth? My concern is about whether the hair from my hairy pets affect my wife and the baby in term of allergy (The hair might ...
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How can we comfort a child after the loss of her pet?

A friend of mine brought up a pet dog. His 8 year daughter daily played with the dog and used to treat it as her friend. Recently, the dog died, and now the daughter of my friend daily asks about ...
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How do you choose a pet for a household with children?

My wife and I are thinking about getting a pet, so my daughter (now 3 months old) can learn about animals growing up. What factors should influence the pet we choose? Is there anyway to tell if the ...
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How do we introduce a newborn to the family dogs?

When our newborn arrives home, how do we introduce our two dogs to the child? We have two Shetland Sheepdogs and they are of course very friendly and loving. Despite this, it feels that in the ...