When introducing your new cat to children in your household, please try to remember that they’re in a new environment, with new smells and people, so they may be scared at first. Follow our tips for a successful Cat to Child introduction.
Begin by setting up both the cat and the child for success. Demonstrate to your child how to appropriately meet a cat.
Hold out one finger and allow the cat to sniff it. If she tries to rub your finger, that is a great sign! If she backs away or hisses, she is not comfortable. Never force a cat into a situation she isn’t comfortable with, this could spell disaster for the cat and the human.
Scratch interested kitties all over the head, neck and chin, and then along her back. If she remains relaxed and interested, gently place one hand under her belly and slowly pick up her front feet off the floor.
Have your child sit quietly on the floor or in a chair as you gently place the cat in his or her lap. Encourage your child to gently scratch the cat’s head and back.
If the cat becomes uncomfortable or demonstrates “unhappy” body language at any time, gently but quickly set her down or allow her to get down on her own.
Most cats do not like to be held for long periods of time, so do not expect her to tolerate it.
Many cats do not like to have their bellies rubbed, so encourage children to avoid this.
Do not allow children to grab at, squeeze or carry cats like footballs — cats can become injured or scared, which is dangerous for everyone involved.
Unlike a dog, when a cat is wagging her tail, this may indicate that she is irritated.
If a cat flattens her ears, she is unhappy and may strike out.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.