Our family of three recently became a family of five with the acquisition of two cute, fluffy grey kittens. These came to us via a Facebook lament about the unavailability of appropriate kittens. Luckily, a friend of a friend needed a home for two kittens. We had a home that needed two kittens.
The kittens were born and raised in a home, not a kitten farm and they are proving to be extremely adorable and well adjusted companions for me and the boys. I love that they have each other when we’re not around and seem to have not suffered any anxiety while changing homes.
As a keen observer of life, I noticed some major differences between children and kittens and I thought I would share those with you, especially if you are yet to make a decision about which of those two you would like to add to your family.
Well, apart from the very obvious toileting, grooming and food choice issues, there are some other key differences you should consider before making your decision.
Kittens fight, a lot. They pounce on and assault each other out of pure boredom. But when one has had enough, or has been hurt, they walk away and hide.
Children, well, siblings at least, fight, a lot. They attack and annoy each other out of pure boredom. But when one has had enough, or has been hurt, they do not walk away. They fight harder. Or they cry, or sulk or have a temper tantrum. Or require a visit to the Emergency Department.
Kittens play together really well and they do it a lot. They run around like crazy, causing havoc and mischief wherever they go. But when they get tired, they just drop. They curl up around each other, or stretch out alongside each other and sleep.
Children play together really well, some of the time. The run and jump and shout and yell, causing havoc and mischief wherever they go. But when they get tired, they do not stop. They get cranky and teary and start fighting. Or have a temper tantrum. Or require a visit to the Emergency Department.
Kittens purr and squeak – cute.
Children talk and ask questions all the time – not so cute. They also yell, shriek and squeal – down right annoying.
Kittens eat what’s in their food bowl. Even cat food.
Children eat only what they like, or have eaten before and feel like eating again. This is in no way predictable. Sometimes they won’t eat even when they’re hungry. Because it’s “disgusting”. They know this without tasting.
Watching kittens play takes me away from myself, from my incessant thoughts, letting me stay in the moment. I laugh at their silly antics and complete absorption in their play. Their fur is soft and their purring soothing.
Watching my children play sometimes fills me with joy – when they get along. Other times it makes me stabby and want to run away, especially when the play ends in tears, or in them being covered in mud. Or when they make me play with them. They were much more enjoyable to watch as babies and I did it a lot back then. Still, they give me a reason to live and that’s pretty significant.
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