Our expert says:
It sounds all round as though the aunt was foolish to get the boy a cat, when both envirnments in which he lives are hostile for a cat. Of course the poor child is upset, very understandably. Concentrate on the child's feelings and needs, and don't see everything in terms of warfare between the ex's.
Is there no way that your dogs might learn to tolerate cats ? Maybe a vet could advise ?
Meg makes a lot of sense. As she says, at least TRY and stop making absolute assumptions. Who said your dogs would have to be disposed of ? And if that would upset you, how much more would the boy be upset if you has his loved cat disposed of ? Someone to love, who returns UNCONDITIONAL love, as a pet does, is important to any child, especially one caught between warring adults through no fault of his own.
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