Every kid needs a pet. A pet provides companionship, but did you know that there are other good reasons for letting your child have an animal friend?

According to parenting.com, pets also help kids with learning, they encourage nurturing, keep kids healthy, and build up family bonds. This is on top of them providing comfort and giving shy children something to talk about with others.

This list features some of the cutest kid-and-pet pictures around. Does your family have any pets? Upload a picture of your children hanging out with your pet below, or upvote your favorite!

(h/t: brightside)

#1

Merry Christmas From Cassie + Gracie

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AnaLilia
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i wish to have the opportunity to capture such amazing moment

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#2

Best Buddies

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#4

Boy With His Cat

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GraceBarclay
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this photograph. The cat is so relaxed with this child; no sign of stress.

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#5

Napping In The Dog Bed

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MarkSzeman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The beginning of a beautiful friendship ! :)

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#7

Cute Friends

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NealMichaud
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Don't cry. They feed you soon. See? I pat you."

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#11

Just My Dog Spooning My Baby

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JoeDeLory
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was my dog (wolf/shepherd hybrid) and my daughter. As an OU grad I wish I could add 10 more likes because of the t-shirt.

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#13

Praying Together

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CathyNguyen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like a photo straight from a Norman Rockwell painting! :)

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#14

My Niece And Her Cat Tiger

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#16

Don't Worry, Kid, I Got Your Back

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GraceBarclay
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beware the person who tries to go up to this child. We had a collie like this many years ago.

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#19

Girl Kissing Her Cat

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AnnaSalerno
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hope she didn't choke this baby too much! So adorable.

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#20

Best Friends

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LisanneLis
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cat looking at the baby like "would you go in there?"

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#23

Take My Paw, Little Human

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NataliePitman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that they're exactly the sane height in this! Precious photo.

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#27

Best Buddies

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RuchiSrivastav
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't worry am right here to lick off those tears

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#30

Little Girl Walking Her Big Dog

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#32

Dog And Kid Just Staring Together

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MagsAcutt
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When we get big I will ride a bike & you can sit on the back!

#34

Baby’s Best Friend

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Tinay Bautista
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Don't worry. I will watch over you."

#35

Best Friends

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#37

Give Me A Kiss

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#38

Girl With Her Cat

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Cayman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is a beautiful cat.

#41

Jump

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MubashirJamel
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

dont open the door charlie plz dont open the door

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#42

My Daughter And Dog Checking Out The First Snow Of The Season

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katlia
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what p's out there. Both of them have different reaction.

#48

Twins

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LeahCim
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

looks like an advertisement

#51

Best Friends

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#55

Best Friends

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#58

Baby And Cat

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#60

Baby Sleeping With Cat

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#61

Kid With A Cat

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#62

Boy Hugs His Cat

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#63

Baby Sleeping With A Cat