I have always considered myself a dog person, but recently the opportunity arose for me to adopt a kitten (or two) and now I am thinking about the implications of my decision. I welcome any advice in the comments below!
My youngest daughter has always loved cats. She had a special relationship with her grandma’s cat as a toddler and has been asking for one for years. We have always had dogs. We now have a rescued Staffy X who is 4 years old and full of attitude. My husband thinks that he will eat a kitten. I am not so sure. I believe that if we introduce the dog and the kittens carefully, maintaining safe distances and never leaving them unsupervised together, we can all learn to live together happily. It might even calm the dog down, once he knows he is not king of the household.
I borrowed some books from our local library for advice and have been reading them with my children. We have a room that can become a temporary nursery while the kittens are young, we have time to devote to them, and I think they will provide a good distraction from the outside world as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. I would rather have my children at home playing with kittens this summer if I’m honest, and we have no big plans for holidays away from home.
The final push for me was that the kittens we are looking to adopt will be ready to leave their mother at around the time of my daughter’s birthday at the beginning of August. It’s a sign! Oh, and they are black cats, so they will make perfect familiars for me and my little witchlings… Ok, I don’t need convincing. Call me cat and dog Mom!
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