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Getting A Family Pet: To Adopt or to Buy?

When it comes to getting a pet, would you rather adopt or shop? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

Now you’ve finally decided to get a pet for your kids and the whole family to love and cherish (and watch Tiger and Tim kids videos with!). That’s great! So the next question is – should you adopt or buy?

Long before Tim and I started making learning videos for kids, Tim adopted a tiny Tiger cub in the wild! But you don’t have to trek the mountains and journey to the jungle for your own pet. Instead, you can either go to your local shelter or pet store to get your kids their fur-ever buddy. 

So here are some pros and cons of adopting and buying for your family pet.

Adopting Pro: Cheaper Cost

Adopting pets is typically a cheaper and more affordable option for families who may not have the budget for pets from expensive breeders. Some shelters can even waive adoption fees depending on the season. In addition, when adopting an older pet, you can expect to skip some of the more expensive vaccinations that younger animals require. 

But more than the cost, adopting can also be a good way to learn about empathy, especially for kids. It shows them that we are all capable of loving and being loved!

Adopting Con: Unexpected Behavior

On the downside, adopting an animal from the shelter can also mean that some of the behavior that they acquired from their previous family could be a problem. 

The staff from the shelter would usually disclose any information regarding the background of the pet. Training a pet could be a good learning experience for kids, too. There are videos and other resources that you can check regarding dog behaviors before making a decision.

In some shelters, they also allow fostering an animal first before you can commit to adopting them. Being a foster fur parent would be an excellent way to see if any potential issues could arise in the future. 

 

Buying Pro: Meeting the Parents

Buying a pet from a breeder could give you the chance to meet the parents of the puppy or kitten you are eyeing to adopt. Getting to know the history of parents of your potential pet could give you insights into their history of health issues and some behavioral traits.

Reputable breeders would also be able to show your kids and everyone else in the family how to get over any potential challenges you might have with your future animal buddy.

Buying Con: Expensive

It is no secret that getting a pet from the pet store or breeders would be more expensive. Depending on the location of the breeder, travel and transport costs could eventually add up. In addition, the cost of shots and spaying should also be added to the expenses, as these typically occur early in the pet’s life.

You can let the kids watch videos of different animal breeds to have a good idea of what pet they would like to get. Researching the type and breed would also allow you to narrow your search for a reputable breeder that fits your budget.

Choosing to buy or adopt would ultimately depend on your and your family’s values. Getting your children involved in the decision-making and letting them help you arrive at the final choice is a good learning opportunity for kids. Videos, photos, and other resource materials would also help you with your decision. Whether you adopt or shop for a pet, I am sure it will be an adorable furry friend like me!

There you have it, cool cats! I hope you enjoyed this little pet series here on our blog, and we wish you all the best in your new life as pet owners! Don’t forget to send us pictures of your kids and pets for our show’s segment – ‘Your Tigers’!

 

Catch all Tiger and Tim learning videos for kids (with or without a cuddly pet by your side) on our YouTube channel. And I will see you again really soon!

 

Tiger xoxoxo

 

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How to Prepare Kids for Pet Ownership

There are many benefits of pets in children and families. Studies on pet ownership show that taking care of animals can help kids and adults lower stress and anxiety. Having to care for pets would also teach kids responsibility and stewardship. It makes children more empowered and feels a sense of belonging with the whole family.

Do you think your Tiger Cubs are ready to take on the challenge of taking care of pets? Here’s how you can prepare them.

 

  1. Decide on the type of pet together

There are many things to consider when getting a pet. Before deciding what to get, you can get the whole household in a huddle and decide together. You may even list down the pros and cons for each type as you research to help you and your kids determine what pet to get. You can also let the kids watch videos of how the animal behaves and its temperament to understand better which one to get.

  1. Talk about responsibilities

We all know that pets at home also mean responsibilities. Talk to your kids about the chores necessary when taking care of an animal. Different animals would require different care, as well.

 

Before getting the pet, you can let the kids practice being responsible by assigning them age-appropriate chores first. You can also get the kids to watch educational shows on how to take care of a pet at home. 

 

  1. Teach kids to treat animals with respect

This is what Tiger and Tim learning videos are all about! For  kids, being a pet owner allows kids to learn how to treat animals with respect. But even before you get one, teaching children about treating animals with compassion and respect is necessary. You can do so with the different animals you may see in the park, zoo, or pet store. Teaching kids that animals have feelings too enables them to empathise with their pets better, which then helps them become a great pet owner!

 

  1. Talk to other pet owners

As part of preparing the kids for pet ownership, one way to help them get a better picture of what it really takes to care for a pet is to talk to families who also own pets. For example, maybe a classmate or cousin also owns the kind of pet your kids would want to have. You can have the kids ask about the different chores and tasks they would need to do once the pet arrives. They could even let the kids watch videos of their pets at home and what they typically do to take care of them. Having someone they know talk about what it is like owning a pet could give the kids a good perspective on being a pet owner.

  1. Emphasise on working together
Young happy family enjoying with their golden retriever at home.

Owning a pet requires cooperation and teamwork with everybody in the house. Before getting a pet, emphasise the need to work together towards a common goal. For example, assign your kids small tasks that would lead up to a bigger project. This would help them learn that they have an essential part in taking care of their pet. Tell them that the full responsibility is not theirs alone, and everyone would have to chip in when taking care of the family pet. Once they realise that the entire burden is not on their shoulders, they will feel more positive and even excited about getting their own pet!

 

Growing up with a pet can be a memorable time for Tiger Cubs! They not only learn about responsibility, respect, and compassion, they also gain a friend that they would treasure fur-ever! 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to take pictures and videos for the kids to look back on in the future and to share with us on ‘Your Tigers‘!

 

That’s all for now, cool cats!

 

Tiger xoxoxo

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Benefits of Having Pets for Kids

Pets are a great way to teach kids how to become better humans! Here are the awesome benefits of having pets for kids.

Having a pet is a special experience for just about anyone! But for kids, this is even more special. A pet can show kids what unconditional love and true friendship can be. Moreover, kids can learn a lot from their fur friends.

 

You saw in our learning videos for kids the unique bond between me and my buddy, Tim. I’m sure that your Tiger Cubs would also want to experience a friendship like no other with their own ‘tigers’. But, if you need a little bit more convincing before getting them their animal BFF, here are some proven benefits of pets for kids.

 

  1. Pets can decrease allergies

Children who grew up around pets get to build more robust immune systems. Research shows that kids with pets are less likely to develop childhood allergies and asthma. Furthermore, children exposed to pets have antibodies that help them fight off infections. So not only do their pets make them happy, but they also make them strong!

 

  1. Teaches responsibility

We all know that taking care of an animal at home is a huge responsibility (Just ask Tim!). Kids can very well take part in the chores, which helps them develop a sense of responsibility as they are growing up. Your kids can watch videos on the different age-appropriate tasks to help them with their assignments. Preparing them well can also make the experience of having pets a more positive and enjoyable one for both children and pets!

 

  1. Encourages a healthy lifestyle

I love to swim, and if only I could make Tim go swimming every day, I would! Meanwhile, some pets require daily walks outside as part of their exercise. This simple activity of walking the pets outside can encourage kids to live a healthy and active lifestyle. With fresh air and lots of suns, being outside can do wonders for kids and their pets, too!

 

In our learning videos for kids, we always emphasise the importance of playing and enjoying the outdoors when possible. Pets can give kids the chance to spend time with nature.

 

  1. Helps with learning

We know that kids learn a lot from our videos, but pets can also help Tiger Cubs become more intelligent and confident in school! Pets can help students in their therapy sessions, especially those who are struggling to read. Reading aloud to pets can develop a child’s reading skills as well as their confidence because we are enthusiastic and non-judgmental listeners. We all just love to cuddle and read with you any time of the day!

 

  1. Develops empathy and compassion

Taking care of pets can help kids become more nurturing, empathetic, and compassionate – just like Tim! Children naturally develop the ability to care for others as they learn how to care for their furry buddies. As a result, they become good friends with their pets and show kindness to other animals.

Their empathy and compassion make them friendlier and kind to the people around them, as well.

Having a pet at home can be beneficial to everyone – both kids and adults. As children learn how to be good humans to their pets, they also get opportunities to learn how to be good humans to other humans.

That’s it for this week! Please stay tuned for our new episode coming out soon. In the meantime, enjoy our other learning videos for kids up on our YouTube channel!

Tiger xoxoxo