We've gone back and forth on this for a long time, and finally decided to get the girls a kitten. We are not big on indoor pets but don't want our oldest to be terrified of animals for life either. So far, so good. Both of the older girls love her and have been entertained by her all day so far. We're hoping to keep her downstairs in the laundry room and playroom for the most part but we'll see how that goes as she gets bigger.