Big leap for me...always had dogs, never much of a cat person. That said, I think it is a good idea for a child to have a pet to learn to think about others and have extra responsibilities.
We got our daughter a kitten a year of so ago.
Have to say, the little grey fuzz ball has ingratiated herself into everyone's life and of course, considers herself as part of the family.
The term"love you to death" makes sense now as Sarah carries the cat everywhere...and can only function with one hand, as the other arm has the cat....setting the table, homework, etc. is a one-handed deal. At first the cat struggled with being treated like a rag doll, but has accepted her fate and just hangs there, limp as a dishrag, resigned to an overabundance of love. As teen girls mostly only learn to love themselves (ask the bathroom mirror), it is heartening to see there is much love left over for her cat, Daphne....I fear I am somewhere down on that list after, friends, Facebook, cell phone, earrings, etc.
It is good to develop those feeling of caring and compassion for others and a cat is a good place to start.
rlw ...4 days left after today (last Friday to work...retire next Thursday)