On any given day, Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) accepts dozens of dogs and cats in need of a home. Rabbits are prey animals and need to be ready to run from danger at all times. Those rabbits kept only in hutches have nowhere to feel secure and when a child tries to lift them from the hutch, the rabbit may try to scratch, kick or bite to get away from perceived danger. Children can be disappointed when they find their rabbits are not keen to be picked up and cuddled. They do make good companions for children as long as their accommodation is correct and the handling is done with sensitivity and under adult supervision.
Pets can be taught to do tricks by using the Animal Whistle. You can even train them when they’re inside the farm house. Once a day you will earn affection for using the whistle with the tamed pet, and eventually the difficulty of the trick performed will increase. High level tricks are good for winning the Pet Contest at the Animal Festival on Spring 28.
This permit will include a confinement agreement , which is a legal document stating you will confine your dog in the United States until your dog is fully immunized against rabies. Confinement means restriction of an animal, by the owners or their agent, to a building or other enclosure isolated from people and other animals (except for contact necessary for its care). The dog must be muzzled and kept on a leash when outside the enclosure. State officials will monitor compliance.
Pets need to play, and playing with a pet is an great way to release excess energy. Your child can burn off energy walking a dog or running around with a kitten, making them more relaxed later in the day and calmer at night. Fresh air and good circulation from aerobic exercise increases oxygen-filled blood flow to a child’s brain, therefore increasing their ability to concentrate.
Some studies even find that the more attached an elderly person is to their pet, the more depressed they are. This could very well be a correlation, not causation, but it is something to consider if you are prone to depression or mental illness. Some doctors studying seniors and their pets believe that the death of an animal can affect an elderly person’s depression in a more severe way. Life can be isolating as you age, and the death of pet could add to this stress. Other studies have found that if you have a strong social network, having a pet makes no difference in your happiness level. These opposing studies create conflicting views on the subject, so it is wise to just do what’s best for you.