Laura Zoey - posted on 08/16/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
From very young we taught Eric to be gentle to animals. He learned way faster then all the babies in our play group and he had never been mean to animals, even unintentionally.
He's 2 and just recently he started hitting our cats. Now I know why he does it, its funny! He smacks the cat and the cat jumps up and runs away a bit, Eric chases it, hits it, it runs away etc. Eric laughs away thinking it's hilarious!
I have been very firm about not allowing this, I stop him look him in the eye and say we do not hit the cats. I repeat if he's laughing at me. Then when he chills down I tell him to say sorry to the cat.
But he keeps doing it!
Daily or every other day it seems he's doing it again. SOmetimes hitting them with a toy or stepping on their tails.
now the natural consequence would be for the cat to bite scratch or hide right? But our cats have never bit or scratched and honestly they will take the hits and only move a few steps away!
I thought about saying everytimehe hits the cat I put the cat in the bedroom, but i don't think he would really miss the cat, and he opens the doors all the time so he would just let him out.
What do I do????