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Kittens!

growing up with pets, kittens

Over the Christmas holiday, we got a call from some good friends here in the neighbourhood with a rather strange but lovely question: they recently had gotten two kittens to extend their family of four, but now it turned out that the dad had developed an allergy for cats. So would we want to adopt their little cats? (They could also have asked us to adopt the dad, but I guess they wanted to keep him 😉 ). We didn’t have to think long — Tamar and I both grew up with animals. My dad was a veterinarian and our country home and garden was always filled with all sorts of pets, and Tamar grew up in a farmhouse also full of animals. So here we are now, proud owners of kittens for the past week. Their names are Hunter (a ginger tom) and Kitty (a black queen), and they are so funny and cute. According to the kids, this brings our animal count now to ten: we have Domino the rabbit, Peet the parakeet, Bagel the hamster which we share with our neighbours, kittens Hunter and Kitty, and then there are Pim’s 5 stick-bugs. (Although three escaped overnight and Pim so far only found 2 back!)

I find it so lovely to be surrounded by animals again, it’s so cosy. I also think it’s good for the children to have animals around: if they are sad they always have a friend to cuddle with, and it also teaches them a sense of responsibility (feed their animals, keep their surroundings clean). I wonder, do you have any pets in your house? Or are you thinking about getting one?

xxx Esther


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Comments (7)

January 12, 2016

Yes, always have pets with children, they are the perfect combo. It teaches them responsibility but also unwavering loyalty, empathy, to speak for those with no voice, constant companion…tra la la…all good things. Our 10yr old Labrador sleeps on the Boy’s bed every night gazing at the Baby’s cot, pure bliss xxx


January 12, 2016

Ah lovely! Cats are such lovely pets. I agree when you have grown up with them it feels very natural to have them in your life. And it is brilliant for children to have them around. I grew up with dogs and we had one until two years ago – we are ALWAYS talking about when to get our next one……maybe very soon….!! x


gilly porter
January 12, 2016

Ahh Esther those kittens are so cute. We got our youngest son a puppy when his big brothers left home for university (Ted was only 5 when his brothers aged 18 and 20 left home – big gap!) The first year was quite hard work but almost 6 years on it has been one of the best decisions we ever made, mainly for the reason you give above – it’s a friend (or a brother!) to cuddle with. Enjoy your new additions. Gilly x


Maria P.
January 12, 2016

Pets are great for children! Unfortunately we have experienced the same situation. We saved a 40 days old kitten from the street but my husband developed an allergy! Now we are looking for a family to adopt her. We will be really sad to give her.☹️


Esther in Amsterdam
January 12, 2016

Oh no Maria! So sad! I hope a nice family will adopt your kitten very soon. xx


Alicia
January 12, 2016

It’s so nice to see the bond between kids and their pets. We have a 15 year old cat that our two year old refers to as “our old cat.” Pets teach us so much. And how funny that we are also reading the Happy Lion book over here in NYC!


Esther in Amsterdam
January 12, 2016

It’s such a lovely book, isn’t it? x


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