So we have a cat now. Our little Monkey’s favorite animal. Thankfully this cat is very laid back and pretty much lets our son do anything he wants to with him. That is said of COURSE with supervision by Jane and I.
Overall, Monkey is great with the cat. He knows how to pet him and be nice. But every once in awhile – meaning 4-5 times a day or more – we have to tell him to be nice to the cat. We caught him pulling his tail, stepping on his paw, holding him down by a font leg and back leg, etc. The cat puts up with all of this with no problem. Strange. But we’re constantly trying to teach Monkey to always be nice to the cat.
It’s an ongoing battle. 2 year old VS. cat. And I have a feeling that it’s going to take quite awhile for Monkey to finally learn that you need to be nice to the cat 100% of the time and what is right and wrong to do.
Having small kids and animals can be tough at times. From having a baby and your dog or cat going on the back burner to teaching your little one how to act and treat animals. But that’s all a part of the process I guess.
We also have a fish. We got that for Monkey after our dog passed away. He really enjoyed watching the fish swim around for a few days and soon lost interest. Thankfully for the month or so the fish lived in a small tank in our living room, nothing crazy happened. We only had to stop Monkey from putting cars and other toys into the tank 2-3 times at first. After that, it was smooth sailing. We didn’t have to worry about it at all.
I am now the caregiver of the fish. Great. Little did I know that these Beta fish live for YEARS. I now have a friend who lives in my office – AWAY from the cat. I’m the only friend this little Beta fish knows. I regret buying it. Lesson learned. Do not buy a 2 year old a beta fish or any fish, unless you are a fish person, I guess.
I grew up around animals. As a kid, I had a pet duck, a rabbit, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a hamster. The oddest one was the pet duck. I was around 3. I named him Quackers. Animals were an important part of my life growing up and I have so many fond memories of them. But I also remember being 3 or 4 years old and quickly doing something to the cat when my parent’s backs were turned. For example, putting the cat in the washing machine while it was on. I think my butt still hurts today from the spanking I got after that one. Lesson learned there.
I think it’s important to introduce kids to animals at a young age so they know what to do and what not to do. For example, Monkey LOVES to put his face right in the cat’s face and make noises, sing, and jump around. This is something that is a BIG no-no and we’re constantly correcting him. It’s gone from 4-5 times a day to maybe once a day correcting him. Hopefully in the next week or two he’ll know that’s something not to do. I’m just always freaked out the cat will one day freak out and attack, you know?
Any of you have some interesting stories about your little ones and your cat, dog, parrot, fish, monkey, etc? How’s the teaching what to do – and what not to do going for you? Any little tips or secrets you’ve found that works well?
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