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How to Prepare Your Child for Owning a Cat


We all know just how brilliant cats can be as pets. They can keep us entertained and amused, but if your child is asking for a pet – and specifically a cat – how can you best help prepare them?

TV vet Emma Milne has been writing books for almost 10 years now and launched ‘The Pet Detective Series’ aimed at children aged 7-12 years old.

So far, the series has helped children who are interested in owning rabbits, guinea pigs and cats, and to help you help your child we have 4 copies of ‘Is a Cat the Right Pet for You’ from the series up for grabs, thanks to Emma and 5m Publishing.

Emma says: “This series of books is aimed at 7-12 year-olds and their parents who are being mercilessly pestered for a particular pet. The books look at the wild origins of the animals, the joy of pet keeping but also the serious fact that you need to make sure you can look after them properly BEFORE you buy them!”

“The books have chapters on each of the five welfare needs and then the children do a virtual month of fact finding and caring for their new pet before the big family debate. The importance of pet happiness, as well as healthiness, is the main theme and I love to use analogies that help children understand how animals might feel if they are lonely or bored or frustrated and so on. The books are beautifully laid out like a detective’s case book with lots of photos, cartoons and things to fill in during their fact-finding. The range is endorsed by various animal welfare organisations.”

By going through your pet detective tasks and learning as you go you will find out if you and your family are the right owners for these special pets, then you’re ready to take care of a real one! Just as importantly, if you discover that you and a cat aren’t a perfect match you can get some pointers to other fabulous animals that might suit you better.

The series is all about educating and making sure the next generation are prepared and do their research, making sure that if you bring a pet into your home, you know it’s not only the right decision for everyone, but you know your child is prepared for all that it means to them. Owning a pet is a privilege and brings many, many benefits, it’s a long term commitment.

So, how do you win your own copy of this great book aimed at cat lovers?

Well, to be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is comment below (keeping your email hidden behind your username) and tell us in 5 words why you want to win.

Winners will be selected at random.

Good luck!


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