Cats and Children
Children should from the beginning to learn to be cautious and quiet in their dealings with animals. They must learn to distinguish between the animals and their various stuffed animals, which may resemble the real animals to confusion.
Children learn from the adults' example. If you treat your cat with love and respect, it is far easier for the child to see and understand what you mean and it will grow up and continue the lesson.
You should as early as possible, teach the child that the cat is frightened:
- when the baby cries and shouts
- when the child makes sudden quick movements
- when a child pulls the cat in the ears and tail
The cat is particularly afraid if it is backed into a corner and cannot get away.
Do you have the chance; you should make sure that the cat has a safe haven to go, when it feels uncomfortable: a high window sill, the top of a bookcase or cabinet - a place where it can both follow the taking place and yet can be safe for small children's hands.
Most cats will tolerate a certain amount of love in the form of being carried around, fondled etc. When the cat does not want to participate more, it will retreat to his safe sleeping place.
It is important that you teach your child that the cat must not be disturbed when sleeping or eating. And you never pull a cat's tail or lifting it up in the scruff of the neck. If the child does not harm the cat, the cat does not harm the child.
When the child grows up
As the child gets older, you can begin to learn a little about cat language. What does it mean when the cat swinging its tail when it purrs or hisses, or rubbing against the table leg, etc.
You should also continue to be careful with hygiene. When the child begins to crawl and walk, the location of the cat's food and water bowls and litter tray very important - unless you think the child needs an extra meal in the form of cat food.
Similarly, you should keep the child cutlery and plates away from the curious cat’s nose and tongue.
Later you should also find a safe place for baby potty, so the cat does not begin to take an interest in it.
The child should also learn that you wash your hands after petted the cat, and before eating.
All this should quietly include in the general upbringing of the child and in its dealings with the cat.
Slightly older children
Children will - until they reach school age - consider the cat as if it has the same abilities as themselves and the children and adults they know.
It is used to watch cartoons and TV shows, where cats can talk, walk upright, thinking, driving and in general behave like humans. At this age it is important that you as an adult teach the child that the cat is not a toy but a living creature.
Therefore, it is usually the cat; you need to protect the child, which can easily get to do the cat mischief, without the intention.
From school age child will often have the perception that the cat can understand everything the child says it. Here experienced cat often as a familiar friend of the child, one that you can tell everything, and who understands you when others fail or are stupid.
First of teens child begins to think more adult. It begins to understand the needs of the cat can read the language and understand more of the behavior of the cat show. When the child comes up in this age group, you can begin to get a little self-responsibility and let the child take part of it instead.