|Purred: Mon Apr 9, '07 2:02am PST |
|A pet is for most children, the very first living creature that they get to care for. It is important that this is supervised by a responsible adult because that child can influence whether the animal lives or dies.
If the attitude of the adult is to treat the pet as a replacable toy, then the child will think of it in the same way. Consequently the pet will stand very little chance. If the child gets bored because the kitten or puppy isn't so playful any more then maybe the child will look to replace that animal.
The important thing children should learn from caring for pets is that pets have feelings. Not just physical feelings, but emotional ones as well. Animals feel and give love, loyalty and gratitude and a child should learn to appreciate that.
If a pet is treated as a replaceable toy, then they won't get treated well and the child could grow up not experiencing that empathy and that's something they are likely to take into their adulthood.
It's no wonder to me that animal abusers can become violent adults.