Adopting kittens and cats to children
If you're thinking of giving a kitten or a cat to a child, a word of advice : Don't. You should never adopt a cat or kitten out, no matter how much the child wants the cat, because the child isn't probably going to be the primary caregiver. He or she lives with his or her parents - and if they decide the cat is going to go, then it's going to go. Of course this is entirely different from adopting into a family WITH a child - if the child comes along with his or her parents, and all of them want a cat, then that is a wonderful situation and the cat will probably be well loved.
One of the caregivers just called me because she said that one of the feeders she knew had just adopted a cat out to a 14 year old boy. This boy is quite well known to the adoption volunteers and myself. Usually when the holidays roll around he will call and ask for a kitten. I have spoken with his mother and she does not want him to adopt a cat. He is also extremely persistent - he continues to call day after day, even after you have told him that you do not have a kitten for him, with no regard to the time or whether it is inconvenient and is rude.
Now what happened is that the boy happened to get the feeder's number and the feeder gave him a kitten - she also gave him a few hundred dollars so that he can look after the kitten, buy it food and litter, etc. She also apparently never visited the house. The caregiver who contacted me is very worried as he called her after that and asked for yet another kitten - he said he has four at home, but his mother doesn't mind them. He also asked what she would give him if he took her cat.
So please, you may want to adopt a cat out, but be sure it goes to a GOOD home. Don't just give it up to anyone and certainly not to a child without their parents' consent. Also if you get a phone call from a 13 to 14 year boy who sounds like a girl, who is extremely persistent and wants a kitten, please don't give one to him.