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Usually it’s Mr. Cooper I’m talking about here on the blog but, today it’s our cat-in-law. Meow lives next door with my mom and dad. Their house was Meow’s stomping ground before the twins were even conceived. I think she’d like to keep it that way, but it’s not possible. I had to find a way that the twins could visit without causing Meow to run in fear.
The twins love chasing Meow around to cuddle her. To her it is the most terrifying thing on earth and she spends most of their visits behind a chair, under a bed, or as far away from them as she can get. Today though, we finally achieved petting! Meow curled up on my lap and let Mr. Oliver pet her for the first time. How did we get there? Here are my Tips for Introducing Toddlers and Cats!
‘Slow, and Steady Wins the Race’ applies to turtles and toddlers meeting cats. My kids become overly excited when they see Meow. Charging at her with open arms and squealing giggles. Meow’s obvious reaction is to run for life and escape the towering 2 foot monsters headed towards her. I told them that cats like quiet and sometimes loud noises scare them. If they wanted to play with Meow, inside voices had to be used, and they had to walk slow and softly.
Toys can be a great help for introducing toddlers and cats. Much like toys break the ice at play dates, toys can make a cat more open to you. We brought along two new toys for Meow and the twins to play together. She wasn’t to sure at first but, slowly came out of her hiding spot to check things out. Toddlers love rolling balls around, making them great for cats and toddlers to play with. Another great option is something hanging off of a stick. Toddlers can hold the stick a distance away from their body, while still inviting their cat to play.
Toddlers love to help and this can come in handy with pets! I let the twins help me pick out the flavor of Purina Muse to feed Meow during our visit. They sat with me while I put it on her plate and gave her distance while she ate. Doing this gave the twins a way to engage with Meow outside of play. Plus, how can Meow be scared of someone who gives her something so yummy?!
Speaking of Purina Muse, this is the first time picky eater Meow had dined on it. My parents were impressed that she dug right in because she rarely likes new foods. The big differentiator for Purina Muse Natural Cat Food is taste and obviously Meow noticed it. Good thing we brought over several packages because she cleaned her plate.
There are currently 30 delicious recipes and 24 grain free varieties of Purina Muse. With wet recipes available in Chowder, in Broth, with Toppers, in Gravy and Paté, your cat’s menu is going to sound better than yours! The recipe that Meow dug into had salmon so she clearly takes after her aunt.
You can feel good about serving it too! All recipes are made with real fish or poultry, and there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives! With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.
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If introducing toddlers and cats is on your agenda soon, grab yourself some cat toys, Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food exclusively available at PetSmart, and remind them to be quiet, slow, soft, gentle, and helpful. If we were able to reach petting on the first day of trying with our twins, I know there is hope for your toddlers and cats!
Did you have trouble introducing your toddlers to cats?