When deciding to bring a new cat into a household where there are children, it is a common thought to choose a kitten for a new pet. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best idea as kittens are fragile and easily injured when treated roughly through play with children. Also, a cat may not have the preferred temperament to deal with kids, but you wouldn’t be able to determine this when he or she is only a kitten. In order to give your child the best opportunity to have a strong and happy relationship with a cat, opt for an adult. Look for a cat that is about 2 to 3 years old, which allows a pet owner to determine the type of personality of the cat.
In order to make the home environment safe and happy for both cat and child, set some boundaries and rules for playing with the kitty. Start by giving the cat its own toys and chew things, as well as its own sleeping space. As your child wants to play with the cat, make sure they use the toys provided rather than their own toys or hands. This helps to ensure that the child won’t be injured accidentally through play, while teaching the cat about the boundaries of playing with people. Always supervise play time with your child and cat, particularly until your child is over 6 years old. Teach your child the appropriate ways to handle the cat, such as never walking around while holding it and to stroke a cat in the direction in which its fur grows. By setting boundaries and giving some guidance for pet handling with a household with children, cats can become a great pet.