Cat Care for Kids

Last Updated on January 12, 2017 by Jenny

What Are the Main Topics of Cat Care to Cover for Kids?

A reader contacted me recently saying that their family was considering getting their first pet and they’ve chosen a cat.

Marsh, Cosby, Spencer, Jenny, Rags and Snickers
The day we got rags. I am holding Rags. My older brother, Marsh, is holding Cosby, my little brother, Spencer, is in the box and Snickers is the GSD.

She would like to know essential topics to cover with her kids about cats. What are ones you can think of?  I thought about the following:

  • Food – having a feeding schedule and the importance of keeping to it.
  • Litter box – the importance of a clean litterbox and also paying attention to the output in the box
  • Play – the importance of exercise for the kitty
  • Sleep – not disturbing the kitty when it’s sleeping

I know it will depend if the cat comes into the family as a kitten or an adult cat.  And also, the cat’s previous history, etc.  If you have books, etc. that you can recommend that might help them – please list them the comments section below.  Or if you have gone through this process with your kids, please list what you did and what worked and what didn’t and why.


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7 thoughts on “Cat Care for Kids

  1. Teresa Reid says:

    Same thing with my daughter as Patti and Jenny said about their family. Have always had kitties so when my daughter was born, they “adopted” her as their “little sister.” Don’t have any particular books on the topic.

    BTW, just wanted to say while we are on the topic of books that I got the Shop Cats of NY book and am thoroughly enjoying it! The photos are gorgeous. Read a couple of stories every day upon waking up and it is a wonderful way to begin the day! Hope she writes a #2, #3 and on and on…..!♥♥♥

    • Patti Johnson says:

      I totally agree with Sweet Teresa about the Shop Cats Of New York book! She sent me one as a beautiful Christmas gift and I am enjoying it and treasuring it sooooo much! Just a beautifully laid out and written book and the photographs are amazing! Thanks again so very much, Sweet T, for this super pawesome gift!!! 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  2. Patti Johnson says:

    Great post, Jenny! I can’t think of anything else to add to the categories you listed. I don’t know of any books regarding specific focus on responsibility of children for cat care. My son was 8 years old when he had exposure to having a kitteh as a pet. I just showed him what I normally did and he mimicked it and learned from that. As he grew older we got another kitteh to add to our household and then a small dog. He learned a lot about pet responsibility from just talking to me and learning from listening and watching what I did. We pretty much did everything together with the pets since I was a single parent at the time. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, Patti! Thanks for sharing. That’s what my mom did too…so it’s second nature to me, so now trying to think of how to educate when it isn’t second nature!

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