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Fur Times | June 6, 2020

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Cats and Children

Cats and Children

Many cats are known to show a lot of affection and curiosity for newborn babies. However, it is advisable to keep your cat out of your baby’s room. This is for both hygiene and safety. Once your child gets older, it is important to closely monitor his/her interactions with your cat and make sure they are respectful and understanding of this furry friend.

Many children are drawn to cats. Their ability to climb and jump is a trait that children admire. Many cat owners and parents, will comment on how their cat stoically tolerates and supports spurts, snags and pinches from the children of the house. Acts which, of course, should be corrected as soon as possible.

It is important to help your child understand that a cat may not tolerate this behavior all the time, and could at some point bite or scratch them. Set some basic rules for your child, such as leaving the cat alone when he is sleeping or eating. Chasing the cat or pulling on any body parts should be strictly forbidden.

With these rules, your cat will adjust very quickly to your child and develop a close bond that helps children relate to other beings. Having a pet can help your child acquire great values such as sharing, helping, or consideration for others.

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