|When your child wants a cat, it might be tempting to get one for him or her as a holiday gift, but this is not a good idea. First of all, the holidays are very hectic and there won’t be time to give your new pet the attention she needs as she settles into your home.
Getting a cat for Christmas may unconsciously reinforce the idea that cats are toys rather than living beings. Instead of putting a kitten under the tree, bring your child to the shelter to choose the cat he or she wants.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
December 21st, 2011