After keeping pets we start think like what kind of treats do cats like. There’s a lot of stories out there that are surfacing that revolve around children and animals, and not good things happening. And you can’t blame a young child for wanting to grab things. And you can’t blame a cat or a dog for defending what’s theirs. So it comes down to you guys, as parents, to make sure that you’re creating the best outcome for everyone involved, whether they’ve got two legs or four legs. And this should go without saying, but number one, that would be supervise kids and animals at all times. Kids under the age of six, specifically, don’t even have the motor coordination to approach an animal and not pull tail and pull hair and ears and whatnot. They just don’t have those skills. So that’s important that we supervise them.
But also, it’s never too young to start talking about respecting other forms of life. The easiest thing to say is, don’t forget, Sparky has feelings too. One of the ways that you can help is use the proper language when talking about your animal in your home, your animal companions. They’re not its. Don’t call your dog or your cat it. It is a suitcase. It is a baseball. It is a guitar. It is not an animal with a beating heart and a thought process and deep emotions. Right? Now, number three. Let’s teach our kids the basics of body language. You never go up to a dog and pet them without asking their guardian first. That’s very important. But how do we approach cats? Kids should know the basics.
If a cat is wagging their tail, we don’t go up to the cat. That’s not how a cat says I love you. That’s how a cat says, I’m getting a little ticked off. They should know to respect their bubble a little bit, letting them know what it looks like when they have big eyes, right? When cats have big bowling ball eyes, that means, I’m scared. When their ears go flat, I’m scared. When they back themselves into a corner, when their tail is wishing, I’m scared. And when a cat says I’m scared, that also can mean, two steps later, I’m getting kind of angry. Number four, you can modify your environment so the cat can getaway from the kids. And when there are kids in the house, that cat should have access to a cat superhighway that goes around that room. Not only does it get them away from the kids, but more importantly, it gives them that view of what is a pretty alien being, right? And now the cat can getup high, look down and go, oh, I see how that thing goes, without kid zilla coming at the cat, right? From a safe distance they get to observe, make mental notes.
I see how to approach this being. I see how to deal with this being. Just because I’m saying, hey, use common sense, supervise, do all these things, I’m not saying that kids and animals shouldn’t live in the same place. Of course not. Every child should grow up with animals in their lives. This basic principle of instilling empathy and compassion in your child so when they grow up they respect all living beings, that happens with the exposure o animals as a young child. For your homework, parents of kids and wanting to have animals in your home, number one, supervise at all times. Number two, teach compassion, teach empathy. And number three, teach the basics of body language and vocalizations, right? Number four would be modify your environment. And hey, if you’ve got any comments, if you’ve got any additions, parents, I’m only a parent of animals, man. I don’t have any kids my own.
So if you are a parent, and you’ve got some really great tips, I want to hear from you, man. Go ahead and give me some comments. Subscribe to this page while you’re at it. Hey, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, we are everywhere. We are Team Cat Mojo. People, it has been so much fun the past couple of weeks, getting all of the feed back I’m getting. I really feel you feel the cat snowball effect happening? Because I definitely do. Also, in San Diego if you’re around, I will be working with San Diego Humane that day. The Cats Un caged Tour will be hitting that town. And that is going to be a good deal of fun as well. All right. That was a mouthful. But hey, take care of yourself, take care of your children, and take care of your animals, because they all depend on one another, OK? All right. Until the next time, all light,all love, all mojo to you, baby.