For cats, also inquire about feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus test results. Adopting an older pet is like buying a used car: It may be the best choice, but it can come with preexisting problems. While thinking about age, consider the overall life expectancy of the pet. Pets have shorter life spans than do humans, and your child will have to eventually deal with pet loss.
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If you choose an eight-year-old dog or a twelve-year-old cat, your child may have to deal with death even sooner. A young adult pet, between one and three years of age, is probably a better choice if your child is very young. Age at adoption is one consideration for life expectancy, but it’s not the only one.
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