Things have been hectic in our household, finding time to think is challenging. So, it was after a lot of deliberation that I finally allowed the children to get a pet cat. Now I’ve got one I find myself thinking that maybe I should have got a pet cat instead of children, it is certainly a lot less demanding!
I was really worried that I would have to spend a lot of time looking after the cat and that it would add to my already bulging workload of domestic duties. I can report now that I this couldn’t have been further from the truth, our cat requires very little at all, as long as he gets dinner and breakfast and plenty of cuddles he is perfectly happy. I’m leaving the husband in charge of the litter tray, but to be honest even that doesn’t require a lot of effort. Having a pet cat is therefore, in my experience not a lot of work and an awful lot of gain.
I do think its very important for children to have pets. I had them growing up and it was a great source of enjoyment, responsibility and also provided me with some understanding of the cycles of life. In our household the cat is like a breath of fresh air. Its a friend and someone for my youngest to play with, the middle child gets to practise her animal care skills which are important for her future career as a vet and our cautious eldest child is learning to cope with something which isn’t predictable, which is good for him.
Even better than the benefits to the children the cat has provided me with a constant source of company in the days when I am home alone and I must admit its lovely sitting on the sofa after a hard days parenting with the furry equivalent of a hot water bottle getting occasional little nudges to stroke him.
For us, a cat has proved to be the ideal solution for providing the children with a pet and our household has really benefited. We acquired him from The Cats Protection League who make sure that they are healthy and have had all the appropriate jabs and been neutered before they give them to you, they also make sure that the cat will fit into your household. I’m so grateful to them as we now have a really gentle, tolerant cat who is perfect for our family.
In terms of cost the cat is proving more than its weight in gold as a weeks worth of cat food is under £5 and there is only cat litter to pay for on top of that (if you choose for you cat to use a tray and not go outside). Clearly you also need to factor in pet insurance on top of that, but I think that’s worthwhile. So, if you’re considering a pet I’d urge you to really seriously consider a cat, I don’t think you’d regret it.