Having a pet cat in the house can be a fantastic influence on young children as it can teach them empathy, love and the basics of animal care.
In a recent survey carried out by Cats Protection, 96% of people agreed that there were benefits to children growing up with cats. Of these benefits, the top two were; it teaches them compassion for living things and it encourages a sense of responsibility.
While most cats will enjoy the extra attention that kids can offer, there are a few things to consider before welcoming a new feline friend into the family.
Take a look at our video below for advice on helping cats and kids live happily together.
You can also watch our video on the dos and don’ts of cats and kids here:
If you would like to adopt a new cat into your family, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat Just enter your postcode and tick the ‘Can live with children’ box to find a suitable moggy in your area.
If you can’t find a moggy that’s your purrfect match, get in touch with your local Cats Protection at www.cats.org.uk/find-us Our experienced staff and volunteers will be able to advise you on which moggies would be best suited to your home.
For more useful advice about cats and kids, visit www.cats.org.uk/kids-and-kitties