Bringing Up Baby (With Cats)
Growing up with a beloved pet can greatly enhance your child’s life. Here’s how to make introductions safely — and some advice on assessing temperament.
He’s three years old, gentle as a kitten, and likes dogs,’” says Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) in Bringing Up Baby (1938), reading aloud a letter about her new pet … leopard. She muses, “I wonder whether Mark means that he eats dogs or is fond of them?”
Bringing a kitten or cat into a home with a baby — or vice versa — is certainly less dramatic than that. Most of the time it goes smoothly…