If you are thinking of getting a new kitten for your family, and you also happen to have a small toddler, then you might need to do some important preparations first before introducing your new feline companion.
Placing a small child and a kitten under the same roof may not be that troublesome according to some people, but if you are not careful, your kid, your kitten, or both of them can get seriously hurt. So before you go out and get a new feline family member, there are a couple of things you need to do.
The younger your child is, the more interested he will be in the new four-legged addition to the family, and he will most likely show it in a very physical and painful manner. Your kid will not only see the new kitten as his best buddy but also as a new toy to play with.
The only problem is the kitten may not share your toddler’s enthusiasm, and he will make sure that his annoyance is felt. So before heading out to the local animal shelter or reputable cat breeder, it is important that you have a talk with your kid and tell him that he should not pick up the new kitten haphazardly; you need to explain it in a calm and simple manner so your toddler will be able to understand.
Even though your toddler is small and fragile, you have to remember your new kitten is much smaller, so small that your toddler can actually smother it to death. Young kids cannot usually resist their urges to want to hug a kitten very tightly, and this amount of love can be fatal for the tiny kitten, usually resulting in serious, sometimes fatal internal injuries. Your kid may also pick up the kitten by the legs, just like what they do with their stuffed toys, and this could lead to dislocated or broken bones for the young kitten and a stern talking-to from your veterinarian.
The best way you can make sure your toddler and your new kitten will get along well is to prevent your toddler from picking up the kitten until you are sure that he can do it properly. You should also teach your young children to gently caress their kittens when they perch on their knees. When the kitten feels safe around your kid, and your kid knows how to treat the new four-legged family member right, they will be inseparable for the rest of their lives.
Throwing your toddler and your new kitten into a room by themselves and allowing them to sort out their differences is always a bad idea. You need to make sure they are comfortable with each other first before you can allow them to spend time with each other. Taking the time to correctly introduce your young kids and your new kittens to each other will not just prevent serious injuries to both parties; doing so will also strengthen the bond they will have with each other.