Kids & Cats — 5 reasons they're a good mix

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1) You’re no longer your kid’s center of attention
You’ll now have some extra time to do something you like.

2) They find hilarious ways to entertain themselves — and you as well
They’ll find unique ways to play together.

3) Cats are very flexible and almost always land on their feet
Cats can be easier for a kid to handle (compared to a dog). Since they won’t be hurt if dropped or given bear hugs.

4) Leverage your cat at mealtimes
I’ll use the phrase “Come eat, before the cat gets here first”. Still works for me with our competitive 4 year old.

5) Cats are good for you health
Owning a cat can decrease chances of children developing allergies. 1 Additionally, cat owners have reduced risk of stroke and heart attacks. 2

Foster Option
If you're considering whether a cat’s a good fit for your family, you can try fostering first.

You’ll be giving a kitty the opportunity to find a permanent home by caring for it until they’re old enough to be adopted. And you’ll get the opportunity to see if a cat will work with your family. Unfortunately, allergies seem to be the biggest issue.

I personally love the fostering experience, not only because I enjoy taking care of animals. But also because my son experienced taking care of smaller living beings and since we fostered a pair of kittens he was able to see different cat personalities (one was shy while the other was outgoing).

Look here for a list of shelters near you.

Fun Cat facts

  • Basically all cartoon cats lied to us: Raw fish and milk are off the table for cats.

  • A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.

  • There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete. 3

  • Black cats are bad luck in the United States, but they are good luck in the United Kingdom and Australia.

  • Approximately 1/3 of cat owners think their pets are able to read their minds.

  • Cats are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can.

  • Cats have a lower social IQ than dogs but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.

  • Cats use their whiskers to detect if they can fit through a space.

  • Most cats don’t like water because their coats do not insulate them well enough.

  • If your cat were bigger, it would eat you. They’re natural hunters. 4