I have two cats and am nervous when I have kids. Many of my friends with cats/babies, the babies play rough with the cats, not on purpose but because they don’t know how. They pull tails, pull faces, etc. I would not want either my cat or my baby to be injured in such a way.
Please advise. This question is more directed to people with experience with cats and babies.
Answer by J C
If they were *your* kids I’d have different advice. But when people with toddlers come to visit, I’d be inclined to just put the cats in a bedroom where there weren’t subject to the unintentional “abuse” they are going to get. You can control the cats, but the parents obviously aren’t controlling their kids. Mine was never, ever allowed to handle an animal in an inappropriate way. But as I said, these aren’t your kids. Easiest on the cats (and the friendship) to put the cats away when they visit, until the kids are old enough to understand (by about 3).