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Kids And Kittens

October 01, 2023

Has your child been begging for a kitten? Have you decided it’s time to bring a cat into your family? Fluffy is a wonderful pet, and can really help complete any home or household. Children can also benefit from growing up with a feline friend to snuggle with. Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind. A Greater Cincinnati vet offers some advice on kids and kittens in this article.

Basic Considerations

There are a few things to consider before adopting a kitten. While adult cats are usually pretty calm and easy to care for, baby felines are basically tiny, adorable bundles of chaos that can get into anything and everything. If your children are still toddlers themselves, it may be best to get a calm adult cat, or perhaps wait a few years until they’re a bit more mature.

Benefits Of Kitties

Did you know that kids who grow up with cats tend to have stronger immune systems and fewer allergies than those from petless homes? Fluffy can also comfort children on rough days, and can teach valuable life lessons about empathy, friendship, and kindness. Plus, she’s a great cuddle buddy and playmate! 

Ground Rules

Before bringing your new furball home, have a talk with your children. You’ll need to explain the do’s and don’ts about interacting with Fluffy. Teach them the importance of being kind and gentle at all times. Make sure they know never to play rough, force attention on a cat, or pull her tail. Petproofing is also important. In many ways, this is a lot like childproofing: you’ll need to address any small or sharp objects, wires and cords, plastic wraps and ties, chemicals and other toxins, and items with strings or ropes. Toxic plants are another concern. Lay down some rules that will help keep the kids from leaving things out that could be dangerous to the kitty. 

Getting Started

Monitor interactions with little Fluffy carefully, especially if your children are quite young. This can be a good chance to explain some basic feline body language. You may want to have the kids help name your new furry pal. If they are old enough, they may be able to help take care of little Fluffy, perhaps by feeding her. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures of this adorable stage. Kids and kittens both grow quickly!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health? Contact us, your local Greater Cincinnati animal clinic, anytime!

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