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Fostering a Good Relationship Between Cats and Kids

Growing up with pets is a marvellous experience. Kids can learn to treat animals with respect, something they can carry with them to adulthood. Here are a few tips to help promote a positive relationship between children and cats.

  • Teach children how to properly handle a cat. Cats should not be picked up by the scruff of the neck; instead, support the cats hindquarters in one hand and use the other to support its chest. Hold the cat gently but securely close to your body.

  • Supervise kids and cats. This is especially important with a new pet, who may still be nervous. Teach children to respect the cat, and do not allow them to chase or corner the cat even in play. The cat may bite if it feels threatened. Encourage calm, unthreatening interactions between kids and cats.

  • Do not allow children to disturb a sleeping or eating cat. Also give kitty some space when she is using her litter box.

  • Do not allow rough play. Rough play encourages your cat to use its teeth and claws on you. Instead, play with your cat using cat toys (commercial or those of your own making ... for example, many cats love to play in a simple paper bag).

  • Do not allow children to tease the cat. Teach them the difference between teasing and playing.

  • Teach children how important it is to keep your cat indoors. Ensure that they understand the importance of making sure kitty does not accidentally run out the door. Indoor cats live much safer, healthier lives.

  • Share the responsibility of caring for your cat with your children.