Originally Posted by GrayFluffy
Thank you for all your replies! I was feeling the same way, I just had to re-assure myself. I just thought there were too many red flags going up when I talked to these people.
I've heard that it's not good for kittens to be placed in homes where there are small children because if the child is not supervised or doesn't know how to handle the kitten they could hurt the kitten. Has anyone else heard of this?
I'm glad you aren't going to let them have the kitten, I didn't think you were going to anyways.
Some children are ok with young animals, usually those that have been raised around them already and know how to respect it. When it's a new pet the child doesn't completely know how to handle there can be problems. I'm more concerned that the situation in that home is that the adults wouldn't know how to properly teach the child or understand that kittens get scared. Obviously if they wanted to declaw they do no understand cats.
A good example of what can go wrong, last summer a little neighbor girl brought her kitten over to me because it was hurt. The poor thing had a bloody nose and a couple of small cuts. The little girl claimed to have "dropped" it
I suspect it was startled and tried to wrestle from her arms and she threw it down when it scratched her. I cleaned the kitten up but couldn't keep it. The girl's mother is a bit... eh, not someone I'd want harassing me.
I did give the little girl and her sister a stern talking to, telling her that "this was a baby and she had to protect it, not hurt it" after that she was more gentle with her kittens. So some kids can learn.