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child hugging a cat and dog

It’s a good idea to introduce children to the family cat when they are still toddlers. Not only are you teaching them to love and understand the joys of having a pet around the home but also not to be scared of animals. It’s a matter of teaching your child by example and simultaneously telling them. ‘Don’t pull the cat/dog by the tail, but stoke her like this.’ And immediately offer praise to let your child know that the cat/dog is pleased and shows pleasure by purring or wagging its tail.

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Courtesy: The Kong Company
Courtesy: The Kong Company

Distraction toys such as a Kong can provide additional hours of fun if you stuff it with Ultramix sweet potato or pumpkin puree and freeze the toy until the puree is solid. Be sure to give the stuffed Kong to your dog outside or somewhere where you won’t mind cleaning up the mess – if he doesn’t lick up everything for you! Peanut butter is another great option. Courtesy Kong