Learn how to keep safe with a new cat or dog.
Want to surprise your kids with a new family pet? Just make sure that you don’t forget about safety in the midst of all the excitement. Try out these tips to safely introduce your kids to a new family dog or cat.
1) Be Calm
When you first bring your new pet into your home, they will need some time too explore and adjust to their new environment. Your pet might be very skittish and could react aggressively to loud noises. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you and your children are using quiet voices. Warn your children that they should not yell and that they should not make any sudden movements as they approach their new pet. They should allow the pet to sniff their hand and let them approach in their own time.
2) Do Not Bother the Pet While They’re Eating
When your pet is eating, make sure that you keep your children a safe distance away. Many animals are food aggressive, and they will bark, growl, hiss, scratch, and even bite anyone that gets too close to their food. Leave your pet alone as it eats, and consider feeding it in a separate room to be especially careful.
3) Do Not Play in the Litter Box
To a younger child, a cat’s litter box might look like a miniature sandbox. This is why it’s so important to keep an eye on your children to make sure they do not decide to play in it. Animal waste is full of harmful bacteria and parasites. Clean out your cat’s litter box frequently and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after handling litter.
Try out these tips to ensure that your children interact safely with the new family pet. Want another way to ensure the safety of your loved ones? Make sure you have the proper personal insurance protections in place, contact the experts at Westwood Insurance Agency. Our dedicated team is eager to assist you with all your coverage needs today.