Do you think it's good to give pets as gifts? Especially this Christmas?

Petique_inc

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Are pets perfect gifts this Christmas? Are there requirements that I need to consider if I give a pet (a dog or a cat or maybe a bunny) as a present?
 

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linda2147

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Not a good idea to give pets as gifts. This year's puppy lots of times becomes next year's shelter dog. If someone wants a pet they will go out and get one themselves. And NEVER give a live pet to a small child. That is a disaster waiting to happen and its the pet that suffers.
 

LittleGoldSnail

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Not a good idea to give pets as gifts. This year's puppy lots of times becomes next year's shelter dog. If someone wants a pet they will go out and get one themselves. And NEVER give a live pet to a small child. That is a disaster waiting to happen and its the pet that suffers.
I have wondered this. What if it’s the parents surprising their kids by getting a puppy for Christmas? Wouldn’t that be different?
 

Alpha1

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I have wondered this. What if it’s the parents surprising their kids by getting a puppy for Christmas? Wouldn’t that be different?
I think it would be different in that case, because the parents know they are welcoming a puppy into their home and will be the main caretakers for the dog, supplying food, training and medical care. In other cases, I don't think pets should be given as gifts, the person receiving the pet may not want one or that particular one, and that causes a problem where the pet suffers.
 

linda2147

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depends on how old the kids are. Puppies jump and can scratch the kid and if the parents don't watch the kid with the puppy its the puppy that will get punished or gotten rid of because a kid doesn't know how to be gentle with the pup. Its just a bad idea, I advise against it
 

CatMom1994

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It is still not a good idea because kids need to meet the dog before adoption to make sure their personalities are compatible. Some shelters might require the entire family to be present or a home consultation before they will let potential adopters sign contracts for this reason.

What parents should do is buy age-appropriate books about the species (cats or dogs) and a card with a note that they will let them have a pet.
 


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