This is one of my dining-room windows. The roses are a birthday gift from my daughter, Allie. "Thanks honey" and the shamrock I have had for years and it comes to life every summer filled with gorgeous white flowers.
Lately, I have been hearing of incidents where cats are biting children in the home. When I hear this I get so infuriated because I can picture in my mind what goes on before the cat actually had to bite. Too often cats are handed to kids as 'toys' with no proper training of how to treat them and very little supervision. Cats are just expected to take the pounding, pulling, grabbing, squeezing and not fight back. When I was fostering for the shelter years back one of the criteria for an adopting family was to have no small children in the home.
I did get some flack for that because people would say "my child is not mean" but that wasn't the problem. The problem was that parents were not taking the time to educate the kids on proper handling of the kittens so I just made it a rule...NO young CHILDREN. I never regretted it.
What to do if bitten by a cat
The first step is to secure the cat from the victim. More often than not there is a child involved. Immediately remove the child from wherever the cat is. Wash the wound with warm water and soap. Rinse all soap.
Cover the wound with a clean, dry dressing. If you have an antibiotic cream then apply some right away. Most cat bites will cause infection. It is best to consult your physician in case the wound needs stitching.
If you do not know the cat you must get medical treatment in case of rabies. Rabies is fatal to humans if not treated.
I have a one year old grand-daughter now and she lives with 2 cats. She loves these cats (as much as a 1 year old could) and is now being taught to treat them gently. At one, their first reaction to a small animal is to grab, pull and pound on. Children can get too rough and eventually the cat will have had enough. You cannot blame the cat. Imagine what that feels like for the animal. Imagine a small kitten being squeezed too hard. It is our responsibility as cat owners to teach our children to have a gentle hand with cats.
Teaching my kids to be gentle (1987)
It is as easy to start out right teaching our children to have respect and know the proper way to handle the cat as it is to teach them to be gentle with their human friends.
If you don't, the results might be a bad bite with possibly a scar to follow and a child that will be a bully to animals or terrified of cats. As far as the cat is concerned, many end up in shelters or euthanized. Prevention is the key here.
and that's that!