I have had a few pets over my time, including a guinea pig, fish, dog and cat. I must say that personally I found the fish least satisfying as pets – there was a lot of tank cleaning and frankly not much interaction, plus I came down one morning to find one of them had mysteriously jumped out of its tank and was lying inert on the floor a good distance away. This was both baffling and unnerving and my dog wasn’t too impressed with having her sleeping space ‘invaded’ either.
I enjoyed my guinea pig even though he did wee on me frequently, but I have since discovered that they have quite disturbing behavioural traits from which I was shielded as a child, but I have absolutely no wish to see for real, especially under our present circumstances.
I loved my dog and cat dearly but they were both in their own unique ways quite anxious animals which resulted in many ‘accidents’ around the home and plenty of additional cleaning that as a parent I can well do without repeating-I now understand totally why my mum had a passionate dislike of our dog.
In an attempt to hopefully help our eldest with her worries we have decided to get a kitten. I’m hoping that the joy and responsibility of having a cat will focus attention on one thing positive, as well as be a ‘best friend’. The kitten will grow up with us and ‘belong’ to my eldest, or so the theory goes! Of course, this is open to huge disappointments and we’ll have to give our youngest the same choice when he reaches the same age, but as I’m an animal lover I’m hoping the benefits will outweigh the risks.
I want to introduce the idea of independence and responsibility as I think this will help my eldest understand how things work in life. Having a pet can teach all sorts of things. We’ve done our research, bought a book about kitten’s, made a list of things she might need and then bought the essentials. We’ve made a list of jobs that will have to be done to look after her too. It’s all starting well!
Our new kitten is called Pippi and I’ve no doubt that she will feature frequently in this blog in one way or another. Will keep you posted!