April, you may not like to hear this, but chances of the same thing happening again are pretty remote now, if only because your daughter is more clued in, the cat's lost some status, and because it was a one-time thing. However, it is JUST as likely, if it were to happen again, for the problem to come from any of the other cats! It's one of those things that just happen in life and while you're understandably concerned for your daughter, your anxiety is somewhat misplaced. That cat is no more likely to do it again than any of your cats in a similar situation, so you might as well get rid of all of them, or else deal with the anxiety itself. Getting rid of the cat might, in fact, just start up a new one - guilt, and that's no more fun to live with either. I realize this sounds kind of tough, but the problem is your anxiety now, not the cat. You did a good thing when you explained to your daughter about what really happened and how to avoid it again, now go the last step and give her the chance to prove she's learned something, rather than banning the cat (who of course has long, long ago forgotten what it was all about).
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4/25/06 at 1:11am