A time commitment is also involved in pet ownership. Does the family have time to potty/litter box train, attend obedience classes, care for a litter box daily, or clean a cage at least once a week? Time must be taken to socialize and bond with a new pet. This is important for small mammals as well as puppies and kittens.
If you feel strongly that you must give your grandson a pet, be certain you discuss it with his parents and make sure they feel he (and the family) can handle the financial and other commitments that come with a pet. Involve them in what kind of animal will fit into their family. Perhaps offer to prepay adoption fees at a local shelter and give a certificate indicating that you have done so. That way, the whole family can find a pet that fits their personality and lifestyle. If they decide not to adopt, you have made a donation to a worthy cause in their name.
Questions for Ask a Vet can be asked either by e-mail to email@example.com, by regular mail to Dr. Weldy’s Associates, 114 N. Elkhart, P.O. Box 527, Wakarusa, IN 46573, or by visiting the web site at drweldys.com