Cats and Kids: How to Make This Relationship Work?

It will be possible to cats and kids to get together and socialize without any problem? Find out in this article how to make this relationship result without any major surprises for you.

A lot of people when you think of cats and kids think it impossible that they can live in the same environment without any problem both for the cat as for the child. However, it is possible to both interact and be good friends, since they taken some precautions.

CATS AND CHILDREN: HEALTH CARE HAVING

Many parents have a fear that if the cat to live with the baby or child you will be placing at risk the health of the child. It is natural that there is this fear as children are more susceptible to diseases and problems.

There are diseases that can be transmitted between people and animals (zoonoses), and therefore the content of the concern is valid. However, this contagion can be avoided if they are taken some measures.

You should check with your veterinarian about zoonotic diseases and the care that you may have in relation to your cat, if you have kids in the house.

1. DEWORMING INTERNAL

The internal parasites, more commonly known as roundworms, can be transmitted between people and animals. How the children descuidam many times to put the hand in the mouth and are in frequent contact with the animal, it is of utmost importance that your cat is desparasitado regularly.

As a rule, in adult age, from 6 months of age in cats, it is recommended that they are treated against parasites with periods between 3 to 4 months. However, you should speak with your veterinarian about your concern with the children who with him coexist, and this will make a plan of de-worming appropriate to the situation.

2. DEWORMING EXTERNAL

Fleas and ticks can also be transmitted between people and animals. These parasites can transmit serious diseases that put in risk the health of your child.

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This way, you should be extra careful with the de-worming outside of your cat. Should, once more, talk with your veterinarian about the most appropriate product for the animal, so as to ensure greater effectiveness.

It is important to also check what is the regularity with which you must put on the product. There are products that should be placed on a monthly basis, other 3 in 3 months, semi-annually, or 8 in 8 months, therefore, you should ensure that you are placing the product with the regularity indicated that the effect is greater.

3. VACCINATION

The vaccines of cats does not protect against any zoonosis. However, if the cat is sick, will stay imunodeprimido and this way you will be more susceptible to be infected with other diseases that can transmit to children.

Thus, you should always ensure that they are meeting the vaccination plan suitable for your cat.

4. CHECK UP REGULAR

There are several diseases that can be transmitted from the cat to the child. Some preventable and others not. So, if you have kids in the house should seek to do check-ups regularly with your cat to the veterinarian.

There are for example skin diseases caused by fungi or mites that can be transmitted to people, especially children, because their immune system is still fragile.

In addition to the check-up regular where your veterinarian will observe whether all is well in terms of cat health, you should also be aware of any abnormal symptom in the animal, as for example:

  • Failures fur;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Pruritus (itching);
  • Behavioral changes.

If your cat is demonstrating any of these symptoms or other abnormal that are not mentioned above, you should take it as soon as possible to a query because it may be a sign that something is not right.

The sooner your cat is diagnosed, the faster will be the treaty and the least health risks the child will be exposed.

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5. NAILS OF THE CAT

specially when there are children in the house, the nails of cat should be clipped regularly to avoid any accident.

Even cats, very docile and friendly, and also that cats and children get along, to play that can scratch even without the intention of hurt.

Cutting your nails is not always easy, often because the cats don’t allow it and also because it takes some technical. You should ask a professional to teach you the technique and you should only do it at home if you feel safe because it runs the risk of hurting your cat.

It is also important to begin to accustom the cat from a small to allow you to cut the nails.

CATS AND CHILDREN: THE ARRIVAL OF A CHILD TO A HOME WITH CATS

Cats are animals very much data to routines, any change can trigger stress. The goal is to get accustomed months before, gradually, your cat to new routines.

1. ROUTINES

It is important to keep the same times for meals, time playing, brushing, changing litter box, among other things. This way, if you think that you will not be able to keep these routines, it is ideal to start a few months before getting used to the new routine, gradually, without the cat to feel the difference.

If you can, start to accustom your cat to small children, so that is not a surprise when you know his son.

2. CONTACT BETWEEN CATS AND CHILDREN

The ideal, after the baby comes home is that you begin to introduce it to your cat gradually and always with supervision. Since the baby will only be in contact with the cat when you’re close, you should dwell the cat that you can’t go to the room or place where your baby and your crib will stay. This way, when the baby will arrive and prevent the cat to go to that location it does not already find it strange.

Essentially, it is a game of patience that must begin as early as possible to be worked with. When the baby is more grown up, in addition to the monitoring focus on the cat will also cover under the child. Should teach you to deal with the cat of a shape to her, without scaring or hurting, at the risk of the cat feel scared and threatened, and develop aggressive behaviors with the child.

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It is important to be aware of the signs of stress and aggression, cat like nails from the outside, trying to escape, and some vocalizations. These are signs that the cat is stressed out and wants to leave. You should let the cat out and not the press.

Never under any circumstances should punish your cat, much less in front of the child. This can imitate your behavior, because it is a common habit in children, and hurting the cat, causing even more fear and hindering your relationship.