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Hello everyone. I am not a cat owner (or owned by a cat, I think it's called!) yet, but have always loved cats and am thinking about a feline addition to our family. A friend of a friend who is a member here recommended I come and ask some questions and do some research, as we have a little girl and we wonder if perhaps she's too young (just turned three) for us to introduce a small animal to our family.

She is always very interested in cats at friends' houses, and seems to be gentle, but she is so little, I don't want her (or the cat) accidentally hurt or frightened. I wondered if perhaps rescuing an older cat that has been used to children before might be a good idea.

Anyway, I will have a look around - I've not been on a forum before - and see if I can get a feel for things. From what I've seen already this place looks very nice and helpful, so I hope to find some good advice here.
post #2 of 16
Hello and a warm welcome to you - I dont think 3 is too young to be introduced to a cat, pets can be a very good educational friend for youngsters obviously with parental monitoring !

Theres lots of advice here and I am sure if you have any questions, theres lots of people who do have little ones - the human kind that is they wil be more than happy to help you

Well keep us posted and let us know what you decide !
post #3 of 16
Hello and welcome to TCS! I think getting an adult cat would be better.
post #4 of 16
I have had a cat in my life literally from the moment I was born. So, no, I don't believe 3 is too young.
post #5 of 16
Welcome to TCS! I do think that maybe an adult cat would be better, one that is used to small children and that is good with them.
post #6 of 16
Hello! Welcome to TCS!!! Growing up we always had cats and never had a problem! I don't know what I would do without a cat! Let us know what you decide! See ya around the forums!
post #7 of 16

You have definitely come to the right place for help

I agree that an older cat who is used to small children would be best. If you talk to the people at your local shelter, they should have a pretty good idea about the personalities of the cats they have and will be able to recommend one that would work with your family.

They are wonderful creatures and you should definitely get one! Once you go cat, you never come back!
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post #9 of 16
Hi and welcome to TCS! I think for your situation an older kitty would be nice for you.
post #10 of 16
Hi welcome to TCS!
post #11 of 16
Welcome! Please let us know when you get your feline friend
post #12 of 16
Welcome to TCS! You came to the right place for advice and info! I wish you luck in your kitty search!
post #13 of 16

This site is very informative and fun too, u will learn alot of things and get all of ur questions answered. I think u have a good idea, my brother has 3 cats and 3 kids ages 2,3, and 7! I think as long as ur daughter knows to be gentle and everything i think its never to young to bring a feline into a home ive been around cats since i was born Well see u on the forums, and dont be afraid to ask any questions that u want
post #14 of 16
Hi and welscome to TCS! I agree with the others - 3 is good age to introduce a child to pets...its a good way of incorporating lessons about responsibility and animal care. A young kitten may be a little to boisterous with a 3 year old....and adult cat (say 2-4 years oer older even of age) is more placid usually and 'child friendly'

Your 3 year old will feel so special when it comes to choosing the cat, I bet!
post #15 of 16
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #16 of 16
Welcome to TheCatSite
and we hope you will enjoy the forums and get lots of great information that will hopefully lead you to becoming a cat family! As someone born into a house where a cat was already living, I can tell you that it's the best experience and teaches so much about unconditional love, loyalty, and compassion! The forums here are filled with knowledgable people and good information that should enable you to get all the answers you need. Good luck, and please keep us updated -- we would love to know another sweet cat (or more! -- two cats keep one another company and play and sleep together, and that means TWO lives saved!) has found a loving, forever home and helped another child to become a caring, responsible person!
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