22 month old and indoor pets

KaLee - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 22months old. i have three cats in the house the majority of the time she is sweet and loving to the cats but whenever my daughter gets angry or tired she will attempt to choke one of the cats. i am unsure how to go about preventing her from injuring our animals. has anyone else had this kind of problem with their baby?

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Suzannah - posted on 04/10/2010

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When my son was that age he used to try and lay on the cat at times, I would tell him that he was hurting the cat and that he coult give the cat a boo boo but that didnt' seam to make a difference. I finaly had to let the cat defend him self (he is declawed) it only took one swip with his paw and my son stoped, it may sound harsh but some times they need to learn that way.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son who will be 2 in June, he gets like that sometimes. We have 1 cat. She is very nice, still has claws and everything. I was able to get him to divert his anger tho, like if he gets mad and wants to tantrum, and the cat is right there he would just hit her or kick at her... so I would tell him if you are mad or frustrated you cannot hurt the cat or anyone else. If you want to punch or kick, I tell him hit the floor. If he does a frustrated hit or two on the floor, then hes fine I think thats ok i mean as adults we can be like hmmph and flail our arms when upset, just have to divert it from living things. But if he really keeps going I just put him in time out. And then I take the cat, and sit with him, we practice petting nice. So now he leaves the cat alone, and he actually switched to finding comfort in her he runs over and touches her so soft, and rubs his face on her when he gets upset... but it took lots of positive reinforcement, it has been about 4 months he hasnt tried to get her during a tantrum, even when she is next to him, now he pets her.

Glady Mae - posted on 04/04/2010

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i think one of your concerns is not only your cats getting hurt but above all your daughter, you know by instinct the cat might get back at her bite or scratch her. i think one really important thing is to make her understand. my son will turn two this june and we do have cats and dogs and other animals at home. i always remind him not to get too near or even touch them unless he asks permission or with supervision. i tell him not to hurt them too cause it might hurt him, like i would show him the animals' teeth or sharp claws and explain how it will hurt him if he'd get bitten or scratched or even just on tv from discovery or nat geo channels with animals...helps lot too. well, that's just based on my experience. our children are very young but i believe they have to be trained and taught even at their age, it helps with discipline and being responsible even at a young age. so i am very proud of my son. i hope somehow i have given you some ideas.

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