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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

"Tell me Doc, is it serious?"

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#4

Boy With His Cat

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GraceBarclay 3 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 3 years ago

The beginning of a beautiful friendship ! :)

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#6

Cats Drinking Milk

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Jean-MarcDosSantos 3 years ago

because it's adorable and harmless ....

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#7

Cute Friends

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NealMichaud 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

Best friends

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#10

Big Dog With A Baby

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lee 3 years ago

Aww that smile

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#11

Just My Dog Spooning My Baby

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JoeDeLory 3 years ago

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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#12

Step One In Taking Care Of Your Hooman

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HeidiMarin 3 years ago

A helping PAW!

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#13

Praying Together

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CathyNguyen 3 years ago

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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NealMichaud 3 years ago

We see what you're doing in there!

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#15

Meeting Baby For The Very First Time

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KathrinBöcker 3 years ago

Welcome home!

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#16

Don't Worry, Kid, I Got Your Back

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GraceBarclay 3 years ago

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

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#17

Gingers

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KathrynBass 3 years ago

The baby says I love you!

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#18

A Little Country Charm

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KathrynBass 3 years ago

Perfect

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#19

Girl Kissing Her Cat

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AnnaSalerno 3 years ago

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

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#20

Best Friends

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LisanneLis 3 years ago

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

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#22

This Israeli Boy And His Cat Both Have Heterochromic Eyes!

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CinScott 3 years ago

Wow, both have heterochromia!

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#23

Take My Paw, Little Human

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NataliePitman 3 years ago

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

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#24

Alayah & Cache On A Snowy Afternoon In The Shuswap

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NatalieBlenkhorn 3 years ago

It's like a winter wonderland.

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#25

Kisses And Rainbows

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MubashirJamel 3 years ago

time for an early check up

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#26

Patient Puppy

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LizRowan 3 years ago

"uhh, did I miss a piece?"

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#27

Best Buddies

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RuchiSrivastav 3 years ago

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

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#28

My Son And My Cat Have A Weird Relationship

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katlia 3 years ago

They're gonna be BFF.

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#29

My Little Ones

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MagsAcutt 3 years ago

You can feel the love!

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#30

Little Girl Walking Her Big Dog

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JanetSturgess 3 years ago

I love this photo. So very sweet

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#31

Napping Duo: Beau And His Puppy Theo

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tamyraa_baggett 3 years ago

Two sleeping beauties

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#32

Dog And Kid Just Staring Together

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MagsAcutt 3 years ago

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

#33

Girl With Her Kitten

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katlia 3 years ago

Picture perfect.

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#34

Baby’s Best Friend

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Tinay Bautista 2 years ago

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

#35

Best Friends

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MariaV 3 years ago

So freaking cute!

#36

Duet

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MandyClaybossFister 3 years ago

The best!

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#37

Give Me A Kiss

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MagsAcutt 3 years ago

Kiss me prince!

#38

Girl With Her Cat

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Cayman 2 years ago

That is a beautiful cat.

#39

Impressionists

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MagsAcutt 3 years ago

Making the first painting for the Catalogue.

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#41

Jump

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MubashirJamel 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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

#43

My Cat Plopped Down And Held Hands With My Newborn Baby Girl

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DariaB 3 years ago

Creation of Adam

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#44

Little Girl With Her Puppy

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

ADORABLE!!!

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#45

Sleeping Buddies

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katlia 3 years ago

So peaceful.

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#46

Child And Kitten

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katharinanelson 3 years ago

Rock, paper, scissors!!

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#47

Baby With Puppy

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

So sweet.

#48

Twins

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LeahCim 3 years ago

looks like an advertisement

#49

Baby And Pitbull Puppy

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

Love it!!

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#50

My Baby, Not Yours

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#51

Best Friends

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#52

And Time Stops

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DesireeLoewens 3 years ago

Paw in hand

#53

Boy And His Cat

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ArienWijayanti 3 years ago

he looks like little Anakin Skywalker!

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#54

Brady And Tex

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MubashirJamel 3 years ago

i am not talking to u

#55

Best Friends

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#56

Sleeping Baby With Dog

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MubashirJamel 3 years ago

ahhhhh head rest

#57

Boy And His Rescue

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KateandAllison HW 3 years ago

Even big kids get to snuggle!

#58

Baby And Cat

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#59

Sharing

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katharinanelson 3 years ago

sharing is caring

#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

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#64

Best Friends

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#65

Brothers

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jetmastergames 2 years ago

cat tries to copy boy, fails miserably

#66

Luisa And Her Cat

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LeahCim 3 years ago

love the cat

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#67

Girl With A Cat

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#68

Baby And A Dog

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#69

Girl With Her Kitten

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#70

Tired

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#71

Smiling Baby With His Pug

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Củ Đậu Bay 3 years ago

I can't see the world, Mom? LOL

#72

Sleeping Day

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#73

The Little Dog Trainer

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#74

Endless Love

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

Beautiful picture.

#75

Baby With A Cat

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#76

More Than Real Friendship

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

So cute. Love the shoes.

#77

Sound Asleep.

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jetmastergames 2 years ago

i used to do that with my rottweiler-cross

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#78

Baby Playing With Cat

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jetmastergames 2 years ago

that baby's face equals the internet: HOLY CR@P, CATS!

#79

My Kitten Tempe Is Giving My Daughter A Head Massage

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Kanaanka 2 years ago

"Mine" :)

#80

The Best Pillow Ever

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#81

Baby With Pug

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#82

Horselove

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#83

I Love My Dog!

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LeahCim 3 years ago

huge!

#84

She Fell Asleep On Her Buddy

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