How to convince your parents you need a pet

In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Harbor, an 8-week old Labrador retriever, takes a nap during a news conference at th
In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Harbor, an 8-week old Labrador retriever, takes a nap during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York. America’s dogs are having their day as the coronavirus keeps many people at home more with their pets and is spurring so much adoption and fostering that some shelters’ kennels have emptied. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

There are several ways to convince your parents to buy you a cat. It may take a while, but if you follow through with your plan, it could work. There are a couple steps to getting your parents to get you a cat or a kitten.

Responsibility is a big key to convincing your parents to get you a cat, such as doing your chores without asking or helping with dinner and so on. A reason this would help you is because when you have a pet, there is a lot of responsibility that you must take on. You always have to be able to keep their food and water full — especially if you are going to school or on vacation.

Another area of responsibility in owning a pet is that every day you must clean out your cat or kitten’s litter box because cats like using the restroom on fresh litter or else they may go somewhere else, and you would have to clean that up. That’s one of the keys to getting a cat.

Some other ways to try to get a pet cat is to bring it up occasionally. You don’t want to bring it up every single day because your parents probably will get annoyed. But if you bring it up every week or so, your parents will start to consider that you are interested in getting a cat.

You could also make a poster and a PowerPoint presentation to show that you are dedicated to taking care of a cat. You can also research local animal shelters and pet stores to see what cats are currently available for adoption. You could make your parents or guardians brochures of local animals and organizations. If you are able to create these things, then you are on your way to getting your pets.

These ideas could help you convince your parents to get you a cat. Please keep in mind it may take several attempts to convince them to get you a cat. It took me almost two years to convince my parents that our home needed a new pet. These suggestions worked so well that I got two kittens last fall. Just never give up and keep trying!

Sophie is a rising seventh-grader at Excelsior Middle School in Marion. You can submit your stories at thegazette.com/ kids-submissions.

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