There is no reason why young children and cats cannot be the best of friends, so long as your kids understand some simple facts about cat behavior. Read the section “How to Meet and Greet a Cat” aloud to your children and discuss it with them, and keep in mind these important reminders:
- Cats DO NOT like to be squeezed, picked up by the neck or have their tails pulled. Cats are sensitive to loud noses and sudden movements, and will feel threatened if they are chased or lunged at.
- Cats DO NOT like to be disturbed while they are eating.
- Most cats DO like to be scratched gently under their chins or behind their ears and enjoy having their coats brushed.