Posted by Christie Kelley Jan 17 2013, 12:18 am
It’s taken me some time, but I finally came to the realization that young cats (not kittens) are just like toddlers. They both need constant watching because they will get into anything they can. They both need love and attention. And they both need discipline.
Try saying no to a toddler. They’ll just look at you like you’ve grown a third eye. After which, they will just do what they wanted to in the first place. Cats are no different. No matter how many times I tell them to get off the counters, they look at me with their heads cocked and a little mocking smile on their face. The moment I turn away, they are back on the counter.
Both are determined to do whatever they want. When my youngest was two, he was determined to go up the jungle gym just like his seven-year-old brother. And he did. My fuzzy boy, Maks was determined to find out what was on the other side of the wall in the basement. He found out…nothing and was then stuck until I made a hole in the drywall to set him free.
One the best ways to stop a toddler from their getting back in trouble is to distract them with something else. Again, cats are no different. If they still insist on getting into the Christmas tree, pull out a toy and they will focus on that, forgetting that irresistible tree for at least a few minutes.
Food. When a toddler wants to eat, they will bug you with all the words in their small vocabulary until you give them something to eat. Cats are no different. They will meow until they get you out of bed or they’ll attempt to trip you up as you walk down the hallway away from their food bowls.
Toddlers like and need routine. They need their bed time set because their bodies get used to it. Ask any parent about going into or getting out of daylight savings time. It’s hell. The kids are so tired and cranky because their routine is off. Cats are no different. Every Saturday, one of the fuzzy boys will come into my room before seven, crying and meowing to get me up. Perhaps they just want to make sure I’m not late for work. LOL….yeah, they want their food.
Sometimes they both are just a little scary!
And when are cats and toddlers at their cutest? When they are sleeping!!!
So are you the “parent” of a toddler (either the regular or the furry kind)? What kind of trouble does your pet get into?