My 3 girls (ages 11, 9, and 7) are just IN LOVE with the new cat and kitten. They have been here 3 weeks so far, and my kids will pick them up when they are walking to take them to that child's room, put the kitten on a "pillow" so he is "asleep in my room, so leave him alone", the two younger ones have even started (and believe me they are getting punished for it!) chasing the Cat! We have told them over and over that you don't pick up an eating/drinking cat, don't put the cat INTO or take the cat OUT OF the litter box, even IF you think they need to be, they have feet for a reason, so let them walk, we have even gone so far as to tell the kids not to touch the cats w/o our permission! I so don't mind the kids playing with them with balls/etc, in the morning or evening, but it's the rest of the day that is DRIVING ME NUTS!!!! I follow them around all day saying "put the cat down, leave the cat alone, put the cat back in the litter box" !!! I have put them in time out in their rooms for bothering the cats (if I hear a meow they are in trouble), I have spanked the kids (not the cats!), we have told them if they don't start settling down, we WILL give the cats away, because they are NOT being fair to them! I just don't know what else to do!!!! Oreo (momma) will sleep all day under my computer desk in the corner, or under my bed in my room IF the kids haven't closed my bedroom door!, so the kids can't bother her, and Merlin (baby) will join her, but then the kids start going under my desk! I take the cats into my room for a "nap" so they can have some peace, but when I crash, they sneak in and take the cats out and start playing with them! GRRRRRRRRR Is it just that we don't NEED cats, or will my kids settle down soon? We homeschool right now (until we move-by the end of 2007 we are predicting), so they won't get any relief when the kids go "back to school". Anyone have any ideas, or should we start looking for a new home for the cats? DH and I are getting way attached to them, so that will kill us!
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7/21/07 at 8:12pm