We got our kids kittens for Christmas
We’ve been talking about getting kittens for many months now, and Christmas just seemed like the perfect time for it. As parents, we got full credit, this wasn’t a gift from Santa.
There are some important things to keep in mind.
When adjusting kittens to a new place, a slow preferably quiet, transition is preferred.
How can you possibly give kittens for Christmas with the excitement?
It’s truly overwhelming for kittens when kids are over-excited. Now we chose our kitten breeds carefully, we bought two ragdolls as they’re a fantastic cat breed with kids. However, our kittens were quite scared the first 2 days, one of them, our blue mitted ragdoll, hid under the couch for a lot of it.
Of course, adults can also enjoy receiving a kitten for Christmas and that transition is much easier.
After some thought, we decided not to give the kids the kittens Christmas morning. The kittens were also ready for picking up from the breeder 3 weeks before Christmas, so it was too hard to time closer.
It still feels magical
Christmas kittens are around us and happy and playing around the Christmas tree (thankfully, they haven’t climbed it!). It took many days for the kittens to get used to their new home, and to get used to the kids (ages 2-9).
When we gave the kittens we didn’t put bows on them, or put them in a box
Although it’s super cute, kittens are scared after leaving mama and being in a new place. They’re even more scared if they’ve never been around loud kids.
However I left a couple of Christmas boxes under the tree, and Hazel our bi-color mink ragdoll, has loved sleeping in it.
So should you get kittens for Christmas?
Some questions to ponder over are:
- Are you ready for that long-term pet commitment?
- Can you financially afford it?
- The kids will likely help, but you’ll still be responsible (insert scoop smelly poop) are you ok with that?
- Does your home or building allow cats?
- Do you like cats, not just your kids or spouse?
Have you received or gotten kittens for Christmas before? How did you share this gift?