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 2 years ago

i wish to have the opportunity to capture such amazing moment

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#2

Best Buddies

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DariaB 2 years ago

"I think there's an intruder amongst us."

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#3

Little Girl Is Taking Care Of A Dog

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NealMichaud 2 years ago

"Tell me Doc, is it serious?"

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#4

Boy With His Cat

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GraceBarclay 2 years ago

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 2 years ago

The beginning of a beautiful friendship ! :)

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#6

Cats Drinking Milk

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Jean-MarcDosSantos 2 years ago

because it's adorable and harmless ....

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#7

Cute Friends

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NealMichaud 2 years ago

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

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#8

Moose & Squirrel

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NatalieBlenkhorn 2 years ago

Jesus! That dog looks humongous compared to the baby!

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#9

We Don't Need Cups (or Bowls)

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NealMichaud 2 years ago

Best friends

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#10

Big Dog With A Baby

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lee 2 years ago

Aww that smile

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