Some cats enjoy children, but not all felines can tolerate sticky fingers, rough tugs on the tail, or the general boisterousness that accompanies kids. Before you adopt a cat, find out which breeds do best with children and discuss the decision to get a pet with your kids. They’re likelier to accept some responsibility for the pet if you lay the groundwork and they feel involved.
Cats and kids seem to have a special bond. Few kids can pass up the opportunity to pet, play with or even just nudge a little closer to a cute kitten or cat. Cats can make good first pets for children. Compared to dogs, they are low maintenance because they don’t need to go outside to relieve themselves, nor do they require frequent baths. And due to their relatively low energy levels, they can be kept indoors safely.
The best way to teach your child how to behave appropriately is by example. Don’t pick the cat up (at least in front of your child), but instead, lower yourself to the cat’s level, saying, “Hello, cat,” and scratching the cat behind the ears and stroking the cat’s fur gently while verbally praising the cat. If the cat walks away, smile and say, “OK. See you later, cat.” If the cat appears to be angry or frightened, say, “Cat wants to be alone right now, let’s go find something else to do.”
Cats and Children are an ideal pairing, especially if you live in an apartment or condo. Playful and energetic cats can get the attention they crave from kids, and kids learn responsible pet ownership. Bonds formed with cats in childhood will be remembered by your children throughout their lives.
Your cat may also use his voice to communicate. Cats make over 100 different vocal sounds, from meows to gurgles to purrs. The more you talk to your cat, the more he will talk back to you. Soon you will recognize his sounds and know what he wants.