Re: HELP!! Toddlers & Cats
I think you have one of the most challenging combinations you can get and it's not going to be easy until Oliver really learns how to behave with a kitty. I'm actually surprised that the rescue placed a skittish cat in a home with a rambunctious 2 year old.
If Linus retreats under a bed, you need to keep Oliver away, even if it means closing the door and if you have to...put a child proof latch on it. Linus won't care that he's been separated for a while. Or put up a gate to a room that Linus can fit through but Oliver can't. This way Linus can retreat at will to a safe haven.
You obviously know that Oliver needs to learn not to screech, crowd or chase Linus. They're all going to be a tough battle, but you're going to need to be very diligent.
Also....keep Linus' nails clipped so that if he does swat Oliver he doesn't do any damage. Maybe even use Soft Paws nail caps for a while.
BTW, your attitude is refreshing, so many people would blame the cat. That you understand that it's your sons behavior that needs to change you have a great start.
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