15 Things Your Kids Are Doing to Your Cat and Dog That You’re Not Doing Anything About and Your Kid Is Going to Get Bitten or Scratched

Are you turning a blind eye to how your kids treat your pets? It’s time to face the facts: your child’s behaviour could lead to serious injuries, and it’s your responsibility to teach them respect for animals.

1. Pulling Tails

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Kids often pull on cats’ and dogs’ tails, thinking it’s playful. This causes pain and can lead to aggressive reactions from your pets.

2. Yanking Ears

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Children might yank a pet’s ears out of curiosity or playfulness. This not only hurts but can provoke a defensive bite or scratch.

3. Rough Hugging

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Many kids squeeze pets too tightly, thinking it’s affection. This can cause discomfort and fear, resulting in scratches or bites.

4. Interrupting Sleep

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Waking a sleeping pet can startle them and lead to aggressive behaviour. Teach your child to let sleeping dogs (and cats) lie.

5. Climbing On Pets

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Treating pets like climbing frames is dangerous. It can injure the animal and lead to a defensive reaction.

6. Playing Dress-Up

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Putting clothes or accessories on pets can stress them out. This can cause anxiety, leading to unexpected aggression.

7. Shouting and Screaming

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Loud noises can scare pets, making them more likely to lash out. Encourage your child to use a calm, quiet voice around animals.

8. Chasing Pets

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Chasing a pet around the house can cause immense stress. This often results in defensive scratching or biting.

9. Poking Faces

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Poking a pet’s face or eyes is invasive and painful. Teach your child to respect the animal’s personal space.

10. Taking Toys Away

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Snatching toys from pets can be seen as a challenge. This can lead to defensive aggression from the animal.

11. Sitting on Pets

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Sitting or lying on pets can hurt them and provoke a defensive response. Make sure your child knows this behaviour is unacceptable.

12. Feeding Inappropriately

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Giving pets inappropriate food or hand-feeding can lead to nips and bites. Teach your child the correct way to feed pets.

13. Ignoring Warning Signs

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Kids often overlook the signs that a pet is uncomfortable or angry. Educate them on recognising and respecting these signals.

14. Tugging Fur

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Pulling on fur is painful for pets. This can lead to them biting or scratching in self-defence.

15. Disturbing During Mealtime

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Bothering a pet while they eat can cause food aggression. Make sure your child knows to leave pets alone during meals.

Wake Up and Act Now!

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It’s time to step up and protect both your child and your pets. Teach your kids respect and proper behaviour around animals before it’s too late.

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