How can I make sure kids are safe around my cat?
Introducing your cat to children is best done slowly and under constant supervision. Have the child sit calmly and quietly on the ground and allow the cat to sniff him before the child pets the cat. Moving too quickly will spook the cat. Once the cat appears comfortable and ready for attention, allow the child to gently pet the cat. Make sure the child doesn’t pull on the cat’s ears or tail or attempt to pick the cat up. These initial interactions should always happen on the ground. Most bites and scratches will happen when the child tries to pick up the cat or carries the cat around. Once the two are comfortable around each other, you can teach the child how to pick up the cat properly and again, always under adult supervision. Remember, start out slow and have patience and you’ll create a life-long friendship.