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    • Kitten -- Votes: 16
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First pet - Kitten or Puppy? *Poll* user banned
8th Aug '13

Yup, another poll.



What do you think is better for a child's first pet? (My LO are 2 and 3)



A kitten or a puppy?



I'd love to hear your reasons why. :)

user banned TTC since Apr 2014; 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15320 posts
8th Aug '13

A puppy becomes YOUR pet. A cat essentially takes care of itself.

Monster Max and Destry's 1 child; Xenia, Ohio 6341 posts
8th Aug '13

Puppy! In my opinion they are more tolerant of small children. Kitty's scratch a lot when they're babies.

lunch lady 2 kids; Tennessee 2123 posts
8th Aug '13

Kitten bc they pretty much litter train themselves, are calmer, wont knock your kids over, eat less food, and are generally less destructive.

username1 1 child; Chicopee, MA, United States 30921 posts
8th Aug '13

tough tough. a puppy is more work but more playful (if you get the right now)



cats are cute, can be playful yes but sometimes dont want to be touched which can be hard for a 2 year old to understand. i mean if you get an older cat they can be more tolerable but a kitten wont understand.



maybe bring them to a shelter to see what they interact with better

user banned 2 kids; Iowa 7762 posts
8th Aug '13
Quoting Red Bottom:" A puppy becomes YOUR pet. A cat essentially takes care of itself."


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username1 1 child; Chicopee, MA, United States 30921 posts
8th Aug '13
Quoting lunch lady:" Kitten bc they pretty much litter train themselves, are calmer, wont knock your kids over, eat less food, and are generally less destructive."


not our cat



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user banned 2 kids; Iowa 7762 posts
8th Aug '13
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lunch lady 2 kids; Tennessee 2123 posts
8th Aug '13

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username1 1 child; Chicopee, MA, United States 30921 posts
8th Aug '13
Quoting Alexander Cabot, ADA:" See DH and I keep debating about this. He wants a kitten because then we can raise and he thinks that ... [snip!] ... it used to children and more tolerable. I would want to get one that's like 1-3 years old and already tolerable of children. "


we got our cat when he was 6 months old. he was playful but not too fond of cameron constantly in his face and chasing him around. he isnt a cuddle kind of cat with him though which im disappointed with. cameron is just too crazy and the cat just likes to hide from him a lot of the time. sometimes though when the cat is crazy,which makes the kid crazy,it can be some good entertainment. the only good thing with having a cat is like someone else said, they pretty much take care of themselves. litter box is an easier task than constantly taking a puppy outside or cleaning up its mess inside if it does that. a puppy will be like another child pretty much

user banned TTC since Apr 2014; 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15320 posts
8th Aug '13

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I'm sorry. I was under the impression that you were asking for opinions.

thisunrest India 10364 posts
8th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Alexander Cabot, ADA:</b>" Yup, another poll. What do you think is better for a child's first pet? (My LO are 2 and 3) A kitten or a puppy? I'd love to hear your reasons why. :)"</blockquote>




Neither.



In my experience, children that young aren't aware enough for them. They might hurt a kitten or puppy without actually meaning too, simply because they aren't developed enough yet to understand.
And imagine loving your pet but accidentally hurting or killing it? That would traumatized them.



That's just my opinion. I was raised with cats that were grown by the time we were all born, and I don't know how my folks trained us to treat them right.



Part of it might be that a fully grown cat can bite, or scratch hard and fast enough to fend off an overadventurous playmate. I remember that as well.lol!



I'd start with a fish. It's lower maintanence and they can't really harm it .

Addi's Momma Due January 23 (girl); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Florissant, Missouri 5597 posts
status 8th Aug '13

a Kitten. We got a puppy and it is like having DD and an infant. I can't get anything done without her destroying something.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29662 posts
8th Aug '13

Puppy. Because I'm not a cat person :lol: Problem solved.



We got a puppy in July. She's 13.5 weeks and weighs more than our 3.5 year old and is gaining on our 5.5 year old.



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Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 17769 posts
status 8th Aug '13
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