Cats are known to be aloof and sometimes even dubbed as a demonic spawn in some websites and social medias. But people can’t get enough of their adorable purrs and meows that seem to melt your worries and hurt away. While commonly cats are adopted by single and couples around the globe, most families find the allure of getting pets for their kids.

Cats are known to be aloof and sometimes even dubbed as a demonic spawn in some websites and social medias. But people can’t get enough of their adorable purrs and meows that seem to melt your worries and hurt away. While commonly cats are adopted by single and couples around the globe, most families find the allure of getting pets for their kids.

Getting pets for your kids not only make them happy and gain a loyal friend, it’s also a nice way to introduce responsibility and respect in such a young age. But mostly, kids below the age of 6 usually have trouble approaching the new house cat regardless of the age of the cat. If you find yourself in this predicament, you can follow a few steps that might help your cat and kids bond.

You have to keep in mind that your kid isn’t the only one nervous – your new cat might be scared and lost as to what happened. Especially if you have rescued the little furball, it’s a traumatic experience to be placed somewhere they’re not familiar with. There is an effective programme that the kids can follow after the cat has calmed down and got used to your new space. Let the cat be comfy with your home first before you can secure contact with it.

If it starts to walk more casually and not easily startled by any movement, maybe you can teach your kids and yourself these simple steps:

Ignore the cat. It may sound contradictory with what you have in mind, the cat needs more time to get used to its new home. It might even hide from time to time when it feels threatened by the movements and the sounds you make. This is perfectly normal, but the length of time needed to make the cat feel comfy with your family might vary. Just make sure you dedicate long patience for this adorable furbaby.

Blink slowly. Cats are sensitive, so as odd as this sounds, blinking slowly is a way to convince the feline that you’re not going to hurt them. You can teach your kids this trick to make the cat understand that you’re not a threat, and so is your family.

Create activities with the kids and cat. When the cat feels safe in your house, it’s time for them to mingle with the kids. It can be a simple activity like giving them treats and playing with them with some cat toys. While your cat might respond, make sure that you supervise this as the cat might still be on its guard and a slight quick movement or excited noises can make the cat jump or possibly scratch the kid. When the excitement is building up, break it off and leave the cat by itself.

Gentle strokes. Cats are natural hunters, and any rash and quick strokes will be mistaken as an attack. What you can teach your kids is to gently stroke their back as gently and as little as possible. When the cat fully trusts you, it will sit and tuck its paws in – this is usually the loaf sitting position the internet loves – and let you stroke its back. Don’t chase the cat if it runs away and try again some other time

Wait for the cat to go to you. This is the reason why the cats are infamously known as sassy or aloof since they only come to you when they want interaction from you. This is especially crucial for kids as they are easily excited and might even accidentally pull the cat’s tail and ears. Tell kids to only interact with the cat when it comes to them and not to bother it when it constantly runs away.

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