Choosing a home childcare with a pet as part of the home can have the additional benefit of allowing a child to have access to a pet and learning about pet ownership without the 24/7 responsibilities of a pet ... a plus for many busy families these days
Having a pet in the home childcare is an awesome tool for teaching children empathy, compassion and respect for another being as they learn to recognize the animals needs, read their cues and help meet their needs where possible!
Depending on their age, skill level and comfort they can help with simple tasks like topping up food dishes, replacing fresh water daily, combing or grooming tasks, petting and so forth.
All family pets see a veterinarian regularly and are up to date on all required immunizations as per City of London Bi-laws for pet ownership.
With the addition of the pet to the home it is my practice to vacuum the playroom and main floor surfaces each morning to help reduce exposure dust and debris in general as well as any potential cat dander.
During the daytime the pets are not allowed to be in bedrooms where children are sleeping. When not in use children's rest cots and bedding are stored in closets that the cat does not have access too to limit potential dander from attaching to linen.
Pet doors have been installed to allow access to the 'kitty throne' while ensuring that children do not have access to the area that kitty litter is housed!
Nevada was a 'rescue cat' with an amazing story - she unfortunately passed away May 5, 2018 and took a little piece of my heart with her! She will forever be a part of our story.
Anyway I found her on a pot light in front of the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas while on Christmas vacation ... we would never have been in that spot except they were doing work on the front entrance causing a 'crowd' to form getting in and out so we took a side detour and there she was huddled up trying to get warm. She was a tiny little thing weighing less than 2 pounds and shivering cold.
She instantly stole my heart and after several attempts to find her help in Las Vegas we were informed that the only option was that Animal Control would put her down.
As an animal lover at heart that was not something I could consider ~ so we found an emergency vet open over the holidays, paid for all her Vet bills and vaccinations and got her healthy and strong enough to fly back to Canada and bought her a plane ticket! She has been a loving member of our family and will forever be in our hearts!
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