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Helping Children Develop Good Relationships with Cats


Read About Pets

There are several books written for children about pets or tell stories about cats or dogs. Use story time as an opportunity to help your children develop more compassion and understanding about how animals feel and what they need. One of the things I frequently did during story time was to ask my children how they thought the cat or dog felt when something good or bad happened.

CatWise book and a quote from Dr Lore Haug


Model the Behavior You Want in Your Child

Your child is learning from watching how you care for and interact with the family pets. On a daily basis, demonstrate that your cat needs proper healthcare, good nutrition, love, fun and kindness. If your child sees you reprimanding the cat in an inappropriate way, there’s a chance he will do the same. Even how you talk about the family cat can influence how your child views the relationship. Referring to the cat as “stupid” if she does something undesirable will send the wrong message to your child. You hold the key when it comes to whether your child and your cat develop a good or bad relationship

Need More Information?

For more specific information on cat behavior, cat training, and cat behavior problems, refer to the books by best-selling author, Pam Johnson-Bennett. Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retail site and also here on our website.

three books by pam johnson-bennett on a bookshelf


If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.

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