We adopted a cat a few weeks ago and he was absoulty wonderful. My child, like most three year olds, got really excited and likes to chase the cat. Well I got it to where he doesn't chase him so often anymore but the cat now scratches and bites my husband when he trys to let our son, pet him. Our son will sit calmly but the cat still fights him. Is there a way that I can make this stop? I have tried to tell my husband that if our son hadn't chased the cat that this wouldn't be happening. He knows better than to chase animals because we had a cat before. But he thinks it ok to get rid of the cat if our son gets scratched because he's provoking the cat and it's defending himself. What can I do to help settle everyone?
How old is your cat? We adopted ours when she was a kitten, so she grew up with my little ones and it seems like she sees them as playmates. My kids (5 and 3) chase her around, and she runs, but she will also initiate the chasing. On occassion she will swipe at them when they get to lovey-dovey with her. I just say, "She doesn't like that. Get away from her. She wants to be left alone now." I take time to point out her body movements and teach them what it means when her ears point back, or what it means when her tail twitches. We also watch for things like how she's laying/sitting. You can find great pointers here: cat body language
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