Jenny, some might wonder if cats and children make a good combination? I wanted to share my story with you as it has been such a blessing and huge success!!!
I have had a pet free daycare for over 30 years. This past September, I brought home two baby Ragdolls, Mocha and Mitzy. I fell in love with them instantly and was excited for the kids to do the same. Having no experience with kittens and children, I just did what comes naturally with children. I introduced Moch and Mitz as babies and needed to be treated as such. I would never leave an infant unattended with children, therefore did the same with the baby kittens. I let the children know that they were just like the babies in daycare and taught them to treat them the same. With supervision the children were slowly introduced to the kittens handling them only with me right there.
This has been amazing as now Moch and Mitz are as much in love with the kids as they are with them. Mocha and Mitzy wait by the door for the kids to arrive and have to be everywhere they are. My kids are gentle and respectful of how to handle and treat them and it has truly been the best addition to our family and daycare. We love them so very much.
Adding Mocha and Mitzy has been so wonderful in so many ways. The kids love them, and even more importantly, Mocha and Mitzy love the kids.
I have wonderful pics from day one of the small fur balls being held gently by the kids. I have pics of their little faces deep in their fur kissing them. I wish I could share them but I am a licensed daycare in Minnesota and it's illegal to share their little faces online.
As I have said, I am no expert with cats and kittens. I
just treated them as babies that need to be treated with tender loving care, and for us it worked.
I have two cats that are content, mellow and the most loving and they are that way with everyone they meet. I am so grateful!