5 Tips for Introducing Kittens and Kids

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Make sure the whole family agrees it's the right time for a pet.
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They've been begging. Pleading. Even making promises you know they won't keep, including vows to clean up their rooms every day for an entire year. Your kids would say just about anything to get you to agree to get a kitten.

You've finally given in. After all, you know what joy and warmth a cuddly live creature can bring to any household. But before you actually make a trip to your local animal shelter, there are some important things to consider. According to veterinarian Dr. Dawn Ruben raising a kitten, which will eventually grow up to become a cat that can live up to 20 years, is a long-term commitment, and one bad experience -- a swipe of a paw or pull of a tail -- can set a bad tone between your children and their new friend. So before you bring a kitten home, it's important to take a few measures to prepare your kids, your home and yourself to make sure everyone gets off on the right foot. Here are five tips for introducing kittens and kids that will help make the transition for the newest addition to your family stress-free.

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