Categories: anxiety

Borrowing someone’s (anyone’s) cat for a child’s party. A good or bad idea?

“WANTED: to borrow an orange cat”. An imaginative and keen Oklahoma, USA mother wanted to get hold of a ginger cat for her children’s party (lasagne dinner). The idea was to get in a live Garfield, the famous cat cartoon character to liven it up.

Advert for ginger cat for kids party

The idea is quite nice but – and I don’t want to be too serious or overly analytical and critical – it ain’t practical unless the cat is known to the borrowing family and/or very laid back and even then I’d have doubts.

You are likely to generate a problem if the request is satisfied. You’ll have a strange cat in a strange environment with two kids, both at a age where there can be problems interacting with a cat, hoping that things work out. There is a very good chance that it wouldn’t work out.

The important aspect of this proposition is how the cat will feel. You’re going to place a strange cat in a strange home with noisy kids for 2 days. Hell….it’s a recipe for disaster unless you’re lucky. The cat would normally feel anxious and not friendly under these circumstances and therefore of no use to the person advertising.

Even a resident cat might struggle to get along at a party.

As I said I don’t want to be too critical. I just don’t see it as a good idea from the cat’s standpoint. It is an idea born out of a lack of knowledge about cat behaviour and emotions. Perhaps I am being too negative. For the right cat it might work. It will depend on the cat. And I’d doubt it a cat owner would entertain the idea. I certainly would not lend my cat to a stranger for a party. The potential dangers are too high.

The cat might escape the home and run. Then what? I seems impractical although I understand where the idea comes from.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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