Children and cats can be best friends. But both the cat and the child need to learn to get along with each other. Children need to learn to respect a cat and not always lift and drag it along. Cats should learn that children are fun; many cats who have not grown up with children are afraid of them because children behave differently.
From research, we know that children who treat animals disrespectfully are more likely to develop social behavior with people and children who grow up with animals.
Also, for the parents, there is information about the relationship between cat and child.
Kittens and small children should not be left together without supervision. The risk lies in the sudden movements of small children. A cat can be frightened or because it experiences the movements or sounds of the child as threatening.
Only if the child is a bit older and the cat is older can this bite be safely done. A child does not automatically understand where the cat’s boundaries lie. In that case, the cat can start scratching to make those boundaries clear. The scratching of a cat is not always innocent; that’s why its prevention is essential. Make sure the cat can get away from the child and explain to the child that a cat does not always feel like playing when the child wants to. If the cat and child learn to live together, an understanding is indispensable. A child is more likely to be taught this than a cat. A child can be explained what a cat likes to do, when it wants to play and when it should be left alone.
A child should be taught to respect the cat: this means, for example, that when the cat is asleep, it should not be woken up and that the cat has a private place where it should not be disturbed when awake.