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    Default toddler + kitten = disaster?

    I've been keen to get a kitten after one of our cats died at easter - I have a week off work next week and was planning to do so, but now I'm having serious second thoughts about how it's going to work with my 22mo DS.

    Has anyone got a new kitten while they have a toddler? Our remaining cat has grown up with DS, and is really amazingly tolerant of him. But DS is so much rougher than he used to be - I'm worried that a kitten might get seriously hurt. And the kitten will probably defend itself. DS is not violent towards our cat, but is not always gentle.

    We got 2 kittens when DS was 4mo and as we drove away from the RSPCA with them DH said we both must be crazy, but it turned out to be an excellent thing to do.

    Do you think it's a really bad idea for me to go ahead and introduce a kitten into our house, with a 2yo and an existing adult cat? Have you done it yourself - and how did it go?

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    I think it will be fine. At 22 months he is still learning so much I'm sure you can teach him to be gentle.

    I have been fostering some rabbits and ds (21 months) has been (surprisingly) gentle. He does occasionally play a bit rough with our older cat but he will give a swipe and ds will back off. A kitten will grow so quickly that it won't be small for long.

    Maybe if your ds gets a bit rough you can have a separate place for your kitten to chill out away from the toddler.

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    Yes. We got 2 kittens when my youngest was 18 months old, and to tell the truth, it WAS hard work, he was always chasing them around, and picking them up roughly, it was quite exhausting for a couple of months there until the kittens got big and wise enough to see him coming and skedaddle!

    Well worth it though, the kittens are lovely cats now, and have a pretty good relationship with my now 4yr old

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    That's reassuring! Thank you. It didn't occur to me until last night how much supervision might be required, at least in the early days, to try and make sure the kitten and DS both escape as unscathed as possible.

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    Lol, is the sky blue?

    Seriously though, it does take a fair bit of supervision but it can work.

    We got a kitten (after our old cat passed) when ds2 was about 18 months.

    Yes he would get rough and yes the kitten would retaliate, but it also helped teach a very rough and tumble type toddler to be gentle.

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    We had a kitten when one of my DD's were little,we busted her trying to put it in the dryer ...thank god she didn't know how to turn it on ...lol

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    Not a disaster but it will need lots of supervision, more than you adult cat. Believe me, I never thought a kid would shut a cat in an airtight tin until DH found the evidence.

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    I agree with PP's. A great idea but it will take a bit more supervision. At least it will be a nice cat growing up with a tolerance to kids, as long as its not tortured too much!


 

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