Cats and Kids Chart

10 Ways Cats Prepared Us For Parenthood

These are (some of) our cats.

Cat in a Sling photo
This is so much better than walking, Dad.
Cat in Car Seat photo
Where are we going, Mom?

We’d like to thank them for making our transition to parenthood so smooth.

Cats and Kids ChartNow, the pre-kid, cat owners can rejoice over their ready-to-go parenting skills should the days of children ever arrive in their cat world.  In fact, they can start now by telling their parent-friends to try scratching behind the ears to relax a colicky kid, using litter boxes for potty training and to just think of those dead animals as GIFTS.

Gotta go! I hear my kid meowing.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

18 thoughts to “10 Ways Cats Prepared Us For Parenthood”

  1. This is so true (dog owner) and adorable!!! We totally think the same about Sampson and often refer to him as our hairy child…he is also the one that’s been the hardest to raise thus far and the one who has taught be about unconditional love…and I’m still learning.

  2. This is so true. Having Louis for a million years before having kids made it a breeze.

    or at least prepared me for someone constantly weaving between my legs at inoportune times.

  3. The biggest difference I’ve found between little kids and pets is that kids grow up into adult human beings one day. A lot of the ways you can interact with them are the same, as are the ways they respond.

  4. I have been saying for a while that teenagers have a lot in common with cats; they cannot bear closed doors, they sleep all day and stay up all night, given the chance, they cross the road without looking, (although, at least cats run across, kids just saunter, oblivious), they think the world revolves around them. If cats couldn’t see in the dark, I bet they’d leave lights on all the time as well! Glad to see that someone else has thought about this too 🙂

  5. The one thing I’ve said about my cat that I can’t say to people about my kid:
    “I got her fixed so she can’t bring babies home with her.”

    I did learn I like my kids better, but cats are far easier to potty train.

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