Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean

Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean

Title image for blog post,  Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

Hey y’all. Jess again! 

I am back to my series on how to keep the peace between your fur babies and your human babies. I know not everyone has dogs so let’s talk about your human babies with a different kind of furry creature–a cat. 

Black cat with a new born baby gif, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

Full disclosure: I do not own a cat. I never have. I have had very limited interactions with cats as I am ridiculously allergic to them so everything I am sharing with you is based on research and not personal experiences. I do love these furry creatures though! 

Cute baby playing with cat gif, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

Let’s first do a quick run-through of what anxious behaviors look like in cats

Behaviors to watch for: 

1. A fluffed out tail  

A fluffed out tail, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

2. A lowered tail or tucked underneath

A lowered tail or tucked underneath, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

3. Ears tucked back

Ears tucked back, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

4. Growling and/or Hissing

Growling and/or Hissing, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

5. Extended claws

Extended claws, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

6. Hiding*

Image result for hiding cat 

*This one is especially important as small children tend to run after an animal that is hiding thinking it may want to play. The child could end up scratched or bitten that can be avoided when a child is taught to be respectful of a cat’s space.

Now that we know what to look for when these lovely pets are anxious, let’s talk about acceptable behaviors.

How in the world do we know if our cat is comfortable?

1. Leaning or rubbing against you/your child

Leaning or rubbing against you/your child, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

And one more because this is too cute

very cute gif,Leaning or rubbing against you/your child, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

2. Tail held high

Tail held high, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog
Tail held high, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog3. Purring 

Purring, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

This one is hard to show in a gif or picture so here is an adorable video of a cat purring for 3 minutes for your viewing pleasure: 

 

Now none of these mean that your child is in danger interacting with your cat. These are just behaviors to watch for. We all want to keep our babies and fur babies happy and safe*.

small baby playing with cat- sitting on cat or trying to sleep on cat body, Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

cute cat gif Cats and Kids: What their behaviors mean by LilHelper.ca Blog

**As always, use your own discretion when it comes to your babies spending time with your cats.**

Any other things you have noticed with your cat or someone else’s that dictate positive/negative interactions?

Please share stories of positive interactions your babies have had with your cats or kittens below if you are comfortable doing so!

We would also love to see pictures because is there anything more adorable than an animal loving on its human?

 

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