19 Feb 2019.
Welcoming a new fur baby into your home is so exciting, especially for your young child. Who wouldn’t want to play with a fluffy, cuddly moving teddy bear! But one mustn’t forget that these cute, adorable kitties come with sharp claws and teeth, so care and respect is something that needs to be taught early.
Here’s some advice we wrote for Primary Times.
Your first few weeks together as a family will define your entire relationship and is crucial in shaping your kitties behaviour into adulthood, so make every effort to make sure it’s a positive experience.
Make sure you have everything your new kitten needs – do you have a suitable litter tray, cosy bed, carry basket, the correct food, scratchpost? Make sure your child understands that these are for the kitten and they should not be touched, especially the cat litter.
For the safety of your young child and the kitten, never leave them alone together. It’s important they learn the proper way to interact with each other:
As your child and kitty grow up together you can start introducing more care and responsibility. Cats are creatures of habit and routine, so introduce that into your child’s routine – like feeding the kitty just before bath time for example.
Lots of gentle play and early socialisation leads to a friendly, well adjusted cat in it’s adulthood
Raising a child alongside a new kitten may seem overwhelming at first, but cats can be extremely affectionate and loving and they can teach your child important lessons like how to be kind and responsible. Always apply the positive enforcement technique and be patient with your children and with your furry baby, and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.
Here’s wishing you and your new fur family and long and happy life together.
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