Protecting Your Children And Cats
Thinking about introducing a new cat into your family? Or are you planning to have a baby and already have a four-legged furry child? There are a few important things to think about when adding cats and kids together.
Protecting Your Child from Cat Scratches
The easiest way to lower the risk of serious scratches is by clipping your cat’s nails regularly. This should begin when the cat is still a kitten, but it can be done at any age.
If necessary, use a cone (E-collar) so that your cat cannot fight back with his teeth while you are clipping his nails. Cones can be purchased at your favorite pet supply retailer or at the veterinarian’s office.
The other solution is to use nail guards — small rubber covers that slip over the cat’s nails. Nail covers will also save your furniture, in addition to protecting your child’s skin.
When it is the cat that comes into the child’s home, the age of both the cat and the child will need to be strongly considered.
Of course, it is best when children are raised from infancy with cats in the home — this has been shown to be advantageous to the developing immune system of human babies — but if your child has already reached the toddler stage, you may want to save the new cat for when your child is old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.
Whether the cat or the child came first, help your cat become accustomed to your child by placing some worn or slept on articles of clothing (e.g., blankets) in the spaces where your cat likes to sleep.
– via Pet360
How to Help Your Child Be a Loving Cat Guardian
Want to teach your kids how to play well with your cats? Even if you’ve had cats for a while, teaching your children (especially young ones) how to pet and play with your cats is very important. Here are a few ideas to help.
Supervise every kid-kitty interaction.
Until your child is an old pro at knowing when and how to handle your cat, you should be present whenever the two of them are together.
By directly observing your child as he interacts with your cat, you can give praise when he treats kitty gently and with respect, and redirect his behavior as necessary.
Learn feline body language.
Your child needs to learn to read feline body language to determine when kitty is happy and content, and when it’s best to leave her alone.
For example, a relaxed cat who is enjoying the attention will take an active role by rubbing against your child’s hands or clothing, or leaning against him.
Other signs of pleasure are tail held high, and purring.
But if the cat is swishing her tail back and forth, or if the tail is fluffed out, lowered to the ground, or tucked underneath, she’s feeling irritated or anxious. She may also lower and move her ears back, growl, or show her claws.
Pet kitty the right way.
There’s a right and a wrong way to pet a cat. The right way is with an open hand and a soft, gentle stroke.
I have found teaching young kids to stroke cats with one finger, focusing on a very light touch, is often the least stressful approach for kitties.
Also teach your child to touch the cat only on her back, shoulders, neck and the top of the head – paws, tail and tummy are off-limits.
– via Mercola.com
How well do your cats and kids get on? Do you have any tips to help new cat owners with children?