How Cats and Babies are NOT Alike

I mentioned last month that my husband and I adopted two kittens.  We’re very excited about our new furry family members but we have to watch how often we tell stories about our cats.  You see, most of our friends have young children.  Consequently, if we go to a group gathering there are babies everywhere.  Babies on laps.  Babies on the floor.  Babies on the mind and in the conversation.  If my husband and I try to tell anecdotes about our kittens among the discussions of child-rearing, we come off as the type of people who think their pets are equal to children.

I know I’ve made the comparison between cats and babies before, but really, we don’t think pets are equatable to children.  It’s just difficult to contribute to a conversation about children when you don’t have any.  To prove that we know this, I’ve created a list of some of the many differences between raising cats and raising children.

1.  You can leave cats alone at home.  You should not leave babies alone at home.

leaving aloneAnd you really shouldn’t lock babies in the bathroom if they are being a pest.

2.  Cats are trained to use the litter box.  Litter box training is not a suitable substitute for potty training.

kitty litterI know that diapers are expensive, but in the long run it will be to your benefit to potty train your child–it’s a pain to bring kitty litter with you everywhere.

3.  You can fee cats out of bowls on the floor.  You should not feed babies out of bowls on the floor on a regular basis (even if they would be perfectly content to do so).

eatingIn my opinion, floor feeding is okay every once in awhile.  Goodness knows that both creatures eat things off the floor anyway.  Just don’t make it a habit for a baby.

4.  You can train cats not to do things by squirting them with water.  It is frowned upon to train babies by squirting them with water.

disciplineTo properly train a baby, you firmly tell them “No” and keep repeating this step as needed for 5-20 years for the lesson to fully take effect.


5.  Cats can hunt and eat mice.  Never let a baby hunt a mouse and most certainly don’t let a baby eat a mouse.


I think it’s nice that cats have a practical function of helping keep your home rodent-free.  I also think it’s nice that babies don’t eat rodents.

So, there you have it:  Several examples proving that my husband and I do know that there is a difference between raising cats and raising children.  So please don’t be offended if we start talking about our pets while you are talking about children–it’s just that we can’t relate to your stories about middle-of-the-night feedings and blowout diapers.

Without further ado, here’s a cute kitten picture!



One Comment on “How Cats and Babies are NOT Alike”

  1. […] First off, there are the crazy people who legitimately believe that caring for and loving their pets is just like caring for and loving their child (and while pets and babies have many similarities, they aren’t the same). […]

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