Having kids and pets grow up together is really something special, but it can take time for kids to learn how to handle animals and properly interact with them.
When it comes to kids and cats, there can be a learning curve. After all, kids aren’t always the most gentle of people, and cats can be rather feisty.
Some cats and kids get along just great. In fact, cats have even been known to protect the young children in their lives, like the cat who kept the toddler away from the balcony ledge!
But sometimes, cats and kids don’t get along so well. Perhaps the kids bother the cat or the cat scratches the kids!
Thankfully, there are some tips you can follow to introduce kids to cats and teach them how to properly interact with cats for the best possible outcome. Check out the tips below:
Like with anything, young children need clear instructions and direction to learn. You can foster a positive interaction between a cat and a young child by telling the child how to properly approach a cat, pet a cat, and act around a cat.
Lead by Example
You can lead by example when it comes to interacting with cats. Treat the cat how you want the child to treat the cat. After all, kids tend to copy the adults around them.
When introducing a cat and a young child, be sure to supervise the time they spend together. This ensures the child is being careful with the cat and not interrogating or provoking (intentionally or not). As you supervise, you can offer instructions when needed.
Cats use body language to communicate. You can teach your child about a cat’s body language so they can recognize signs of comfort, distress, etc.
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