"Will you have any kittens for Christmas? " I think this is the most asked question I get between now and Christmas day.
Look, I get it, it is super exciting to surprise your children with an adorable fur ball on Christmas morning. I understand that surprising your child is important to you and if that can be combined with Christmas morning, well, that would just be awesome. I understand, I really do. I am a mom of 3 and I totally get it.
However, you're not dealing with a tamagotchi here. You will be entrusted with the care of a live animal and a baby at that, and this kitten cannot be treated as any other toy the child may get.
First and foremost, the holidays are not the best time to bring a kitten in your home. Why? Well, because your house is not in it's normal state. There are probably (potentially dangerous for a kitten) decorations all over and there are things in the house that are normally not there. You may have family and/or friends over and if you have kids, they will be in a constant state of excitement because after all, Santa is coming.
This is not an ideal environment to bring a kitten home. Kittens needs calm and quiet. The transition from one home to another is hard enough as is, without all the holiday excitement around, so imagine what it is like when all of that extra stuff is going on. Kittens are not used to everything that comes with the holidays. They arrive in a house unknown to them that is all decorated with potentially hazardous things (in a kitten's eyes, those are all toys). Their mom and siblings are nowhere to be found, which will be stressful for a kitten for the first few days. There may be a whole bunch of people around that are normally not there that the kitten doesn't know, and if you put super excited kids on top of that, your recipe for disaster is complete for a kitten that has never seen a young child in their life.
Years ago a lady gave her 9 year old son a kitten as a surprise. When she gave him the kitten, he screamed so hard, the relationship between the kitten and the child was immediately damaged permanently. A month later I got a call that they were bringing the kitten back because the kitten was terrified of the boy. If you think that it is nonsense that a reaction like that can damage a kitten forever, think again. This kitten is now a 4 year old cat, placed in an all female household because of what happened and to this day, the cat is terrified of men, while she was loving my husband until she went to her new home as a "surprise" kitten they had not told me about.
This is truly the reason I won't do it. I am not even talking about the fact that the Holidays is time I want to spend with my family. I have gotten requests to meet people at the airport on Christmas eve, or to come play Santa on Christmas morning. I have been asked if a kitten could be wrapped up in a box and stay in there for a few hours if they poke a few holes in there for air. I have been scolded for not wanting to let people pick their kitten up on Christmas eve. I have been asked if a kitten could be given drugs so it would not cry and spoil the surprise for the kids. I kid you not, those things all actually happened and not just once.
This is the sole reason why surprise kittens cannot happen and why I don't sell surprise kittens for the holidays. Children need to be properly prepared for the arrival of a kitten and if you want to surprise them, then do it with a photo album or a video you can ask the breeder to send you to show them the kitten they will be getting. Most breeders are more than happy to work with you in providing you with pictures and footage for the kitten to surprise your kids with. After that, it's time to properly prepare them to for welcoming the kitten into the family, AFTER the holidays.