been offered a kitten, have a 5 year old & 21 mo

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I think it's a good idea, Children can get a lot of happiness from animals, but don't be surprised if the cat decides to up and leave if your little ones are loud!

This happened with one of ours, he left his previous owners as they had 2 young girls who were very loud and he left to find a quieter life! Teach them how to handle the kitten correctly and not to be 'grabby' with the kitten, cats really don't like it and it can end up with the children being scratched. It's not the cats fault, I wouldn't want to be man handled either, it's often that the child hasnt been taught how to approach/handle the cat.

Cats are very different to dogs, everything is on their terms, which young children often don't understand, but if you take it slowly and explain to your kids about the right approach to the kitten/cat, I think you'll get a lot of pleasure from a furry addition to your family.

itsnothingoriginal Wed 26-Jun-13 20:28:36

We just got our first kitten - my kids are 6 and 9 yrs. I think my 6 yr old is just about old enough to understand about being gentle but she still tries to pick her up too much and has been scratched a fair bit when kitten is playing with her.

I'd worry about your younger one just cos I think even at 5 they need supervising and its not always possible.. We got ours from cats protection and they said we were on the cusp of being accepted due to ages of our kids.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 24-Jun-13 08:05:26

I wouldn't leave it alone with them though, kittens do get accidentally killed by young children.

Some kittens are hard work, others just sleep for hours.

sashh Mon 24-Jun-13 04:55:09

5 is a great age to have a kitten, you can play with them all day. Go for it.

LegoAcupuncture Sun 23-Jun-13 22:09:58

Kittens are so much fun! Your children should be fine, but I'd still keep an eye on them, more so the toddler and scratching. Kittens claws hurt.

Make sure the toddler can't get to the litter tray, buy lots of fun toys.

Enjoy!

ArabellaBeaumaris Sun 23-Jun-13 22:07:12

is it a terrible idea? My 5 year old loves the idea & is very sensible & patient. My 21 mo LOVES animals (to death) & wants to do everything her big sister does.

Are kittens a lot of work, & how long for?!

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