February 2013 Moms

run kitties RUN!!

Kieran is starting to develop an enormous interest in our cats. He cackles when he sees them and tries to get at them whenever they're near. I'm trying to teach him "nice petting" and not to grab and pull at them. God help those cats once he's able to crawl Wink
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  • We have 4 cats and DH has been excitedly waiting for the day when the torture starts. He thinks it will be hilarious. DD grabbed the kitty's neck yesterday pretty forcefully- he just looked a bit puzzled and then she put a fist of fur in her mouth before I could stop her! We live and learn, right.... :)
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    Oh yeah. My husband has some major Elmira syndrome running on his side of the family and I can already see the crazy in E's eyes when I let her pet the kitties. Luckily they're outside cats so she won't be getting to them any time soon.
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  • DD is obsessed with my pet rabbits. She grabbed the one bunny's floppy ears yesterday and wouldn't let go and she kicked the other bunny in the face.  Poor bunnies!
  • Our cat has only let dd near him maybe 3 times, so poor D's has no chance. He loves watching him.
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  • We have 4 house cats, 3 that are kinda elderly and infirm and 1 that's very tiny, skinny and also poorly.

    Since DS has been able to get at them we have had to keep them out of his way as they just can't move fast enough. No matter how many times we show him to be gentle, he's just so super excited that he can't control himself and grabs them really roughly.I can't believe they have never turned on him as he has pulled their tails sooo hard on occasion.

    It breaks my heart, but it's a case of babies or cats, and so the 3 older cats are now confined to the spare room, and the tiny one who doesn't get along with the others is in the kitchen.

    I'm finding it really tough as they were my furbabies for 13 years and now that DD is here, they don't get any family cuddle time at all. 

    I've always had lots of animals in my life, but once these 4 go to kitty heaven I won't be getting any more of anything.

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  • I've had several conversations with the dog about this. I've explained that once J is mobile her best bet is to run away! I think after he tries to rip her eyeballs out a couple more times she'll get the picture.
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  • Haha! We have two small dogs and DS became very interested in them about a month ago. He reaches out and wants to grab them. We've been holding his hand and letting him pet them gently. Once he is able to crawl I will keep an eye on him as much as possible. The dogs are little enough that DS could hurt them and we feel strongly about teaching him the proper way to handle animals when he's old enough. I worry about kids that grow up with a really patient dog that they can "man handle" who then visit other homes and think all dogs are like that.

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  • image eriannc22:
    Haha! We have two small dogs and DS became very interested in them about a month ago. He reaches out and wants to grab them. We've been holding his hand and letting him pet them gently. Once he is able to crawl I will keep an eye on him as much as possible. The dogs are little enough that DS could hurt them and we feel strongly about teaching him the proper way to handle animals when he's old enough. I worry about kids that grow up with a really patient dog that they can "man handle" who then visit other homes and think all dogs are like that.

    I could not agree more!!  DD loves to pet our dog, a 7-year-old English pointer.  But she's also going through a very grabby stage and will pull on his ear, neck, or whatever else she can grab.  I always make her let go of him with a very stern "NO" and make her wait a little bit before she can pet him again.  He's INCREDIBLY patient and even-tempered, especially with kids, but I don't feel like that's an excuse to let DD get away with mistreating him, so I'm teaching her to respect him and be gentle with him from now.



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  • We have 2 75 pound Boxers. I'm very lucky that the baby is actually very gentle. He open hand pets them. He did grab an ear once, the other day, so maybe he's just bidding his time. haha. One couldn't care less what he does to him, the other just runs away when he's had enough. Haha. I do always commend him and say 'nice pets!' when he's gentle. My dogs are good with kids, but not all dogs are.
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  • I only have 2, a male and female. E is very attentive to both and when she has the chance she loves to touch them. My female is much more tolerant than the male. She gets her ears pulled and eyes poked and will continue to lay there until E is done. The male runs as fast as he can.
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