Otto wants a kitten for Christmas.
Not just wants, actually … she is desperate to have a cat.
A few months ago, I told her that I would like to start reading Harry Potter with her as I think she is now a good enough reader for those books. Her response: “No thank you mummy, not until my birthday. Because I want to get my kitten first, so I can read it to her while I am caring for her and feeding her.”
Yesterday, I tried a different tack: “If you want to get a cat, do you think you should learn about caring for a cat?”
Otto: “No mummy, I already know how to care for a cat. You need to pat her, and feed her, and cuddle her, and put her on a lead and take her for walks.
Me: “Um, I don’t think cats really get taken for walks.”
Otto: “Oh yes mummy, because they need to get their exercise.”
Fraser is less keen on the idea of getting a cat again. Not because he is still mourning our beloved Puff-Tinkerbell, but because cats are a lot of work and can stink up houses, and can’t really be left on their own. I’m a little conflicted but do think that it would be good for both the kids (if not necessarily for the cats). Leaning towards a Ragdoll kitty or cross, as they are floppy and very very placid.
Hence, my poll for Fraser. Possibly not quite matching the Scientific Method:
1. Do you want to get a cat? YES / NO
2. If no, please rate your opposition on the following scale:
- ABSOLUTELY AND UNALTERABLY opposed, no way no how, if you get one then it will go to the lost cats home first chance I get
- Really don’t want to, it will make me miserable and I will share that misery with you all
- Not keen but I do love my children and want them to be happy
- Don’t care
- Well, Otto REALLY wants one, so I guess it would be OK if one happened to appear
- And I do love my children very much and she is GAGGING for a cat so we really should get one
- Actually I really want a cat myself too OH SO MUCH so I need to be in at the choosing and definitely to come up with a name actually I already have some in mind.