Thursday, 02 October 2008
by Mama Hippo
It's so fun to watch D grow and learn and notice his surroundings so much more, and one big part of that is seeing how he reacts to our cat. He LOVES her. ADORES her. It's hilarious. He'll see her from across the room and this mischievous little grin will spread upon his face and he's start hurtling his little body in her direction intent to grab at her tail, her fur, anything of hers he can get his hands on. Occasionally he succeeds, and he'll just giggle, so pleased at being near this being that he finds so amusing.
The cat is amazingly patient with him. She has never given any indication of being aggressive towards him. I do of course watch closely over the two of them when they're together and I try to make sure she never feels cornered or trapped, that she always has a way out, that he doesn't yank her tail, etc. Even so there's been a few times where he'll grab onto her fur or tail and she'll look annoyed, but will simply get up and walk away (heck, most of the time she just walks half a foot away and lays down again, she must not really be that worried about getting away from him, right?).
I'm curious to see how this relationship will continue to develop over time as D grows... and becomes faster in his mobility. Even with a careful and watchful eye I'm sure D will get scratched at some point, and I wonder if the cat will become more annoyed or stay out of the way more when D starts crawling and walking and is able to move around more quickly. Maybe she'll continue to be so patient and understanding and D will learn to be gentle and careful with the cat and they can continue to be friends. One can only hope, right?
Do you have pets? How have your kids reacted to them over the years, and how have your pets reacted to your having kids?