— We disagree on "Tom and Jerry" and Garfield, but we all love the weird and gross stuff like "Ren and Stimpy" and Snowball from "The Simpsons."
— After our 3-year-old cat died of a sudden illness, it was touching to see how it affected each member of my family, including my son and daughter.
— My kids and cats have special relationships, and I love the ways those have developed.
— We should have known something devious was going on, but we were much too distracted by the cuteness of the whole matter.
— As my human kids become more independent, my cats help defer any "empty nest" feelings.
— Here are some favorite movies starring cats that my children and I have found over the years.
— I never had kids, but I bet I'd be a pretty good parent thanks to my cats. What do you think?
— Kids of almost any age can help take care of your cats, and pet-related chores also help kids learn routine and independence.
— Wanting to expand your animal family is easy, but don't take such a decision lightly.
— Proper handling is part of it, but how about tossing that floss lying on the bathroom floor as well?
— After kids move into dorms and leave family cats, parents can help make living spaces less lonely.
— Forget video games; your kids can fight the summer doldrums by playing with your cats!
— Do you like cat jokes? I do too -- and here are some of the best ones I've heard.
— It's good to give children a hand in family decisions; then again, you might end up with a cat named Poop, Bread, or Huh.
— If my cats could feed themselves and, say, perform in Shakespeare in the Park, I'd be quite amused.
— Everyone's equally feisty and antsy -- they can't get enough of that fresh, springtime essence.
— Among cat lovers, it's an ongoing joke that cats don't let us visit the bathroom alone. Well, young kids are exactly the same.
— These things make me know their future selves will be cat-centric, and I feel all warm and fuzzy.
— I've done the parenting thing pretty well, but I wish I'd had a feline Mary Poppins for these things.
— Or, "What to expect when you're expecting -- and have cats who'll help you with training."
— When you’re pregnant, people spout nonsense about why you must get rid of your cat. Don't do it.
— We learned feeding schedules and regular play, but a baby brought so many unexpected things.
— I lived with cats for a decade before I had my son, and I had no idea they'd be so similar.
— Some employers treat pet emergencies as less urgent than those involving kids, and that's wrong.
— In my opinion every child should have a cat, because cats are the world's greatest teachers.
— Some readers have told me that kids and cats shouldn't mix, and sometimes they're mean about it. I think that viewpoint is too much generalizing.
— I wasn't too worried when we brought home our first baby, but what happened next was nothing we could have predicted -- they are inseparable!
— I guess it makes sense that our behaviors are so similar -- we're all just mammals, after all!
— Cats work in mysterious ways -- they're fuzzy little family therapists, without the copay.
— Reading out loud helps children, and being with humans helps undersocialized cats.
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