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My Daughter Earned Her Cat

by Kimberli Thompson
(Denver, Colorado)

My 10-year-old daughter was adamant that she wanted a cat. I wasn't sure if this was a passing desire, so I hesitated to say yes. Instead, I asked her to write down what she would do to care for that cat once it came it home - it would need to be fed, the litter box cleaned regularly, and played with.


To my surprise and delight, she wrote a "cat contract" in which she promised to care for, feed, and play with the cat regularly. And if she did not, we could dock her weekly allowance at $1 per offense.

When we realized she actually understood what having a pet would entail for her, and that she was willing to take on the job, we got her that cat.

It's been two years, and only a couple times has she forgotten to clean the litter box. I think it really helped that we had her look at more than just "having" a cat - and look instead to what being the owner and responsible for a cat really meant. It worked out really well for us!

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Oct 28, 2015
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by: jhon

Your daughter really wants a cat as a pet, I have read the contract which you have mentioned, it shows she really loves cats. Tell us how she is having fun with the cat these days? is she taking care of as she told you?
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She Earned That Cat
by: Tara, Clean-Organized-Family-Home.com

Thanks, Kimberli - great advice on how to make sure a child really understands the responsibility a pet entails!

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.