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The cat slapped LO across the face.... Tavi 1 child; Washington 24382 posts
11th Jan '13

So Kiki & Mr. Smoke are usually great together. I know Kiki's been a little rough lately with him. She's been in this hyper phase for a week or so and she's still gentle with Mr. Smoke, but sometimes she's a little rough without trying to be. These guys are like the bestest of friends.
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But the other day, I was checking my email and I heard Kiki go "Ow, ow, ow"! And I turn around and Mr. Smoke had his paw stuck in her hair. He was a little panicked himself. I think Kiki's reaction really scared him honestly...Anyway, whatever happened, he got her good. Usually he does soft paws, but I'm guessing she was rough with him and he had had enough...
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She's okay. I'm a little pissed at Mr. Smoke and he's been pouting in his closet all day. He's almost 15 years old. He knows better...so I'm letting him do his pouting, but MIL seen it and is really ticked about it....



I'm not taking the cat's side or anything, but I'm not taking the kid's either...I know these two...and neither one of them means harm, but is it really all that bad that I don't have like...a consequence to this? Or like...I don't know how to word it. Is there something I should do about this? Cause people are making me feel like shit for not doing anything...and I don't see anything that needs to be done since nothing was done out of anger...I don't think anyways.

Jane.Doe. Fukushima, Japan 2805 posts
11th Jan '13

omg you are such a b***h I was like OMG SOMEONE SLAPPED HER BABY!?!?!? lol



though, dick move cat :( maybe time to try those cat claw caps so if the kitty gets frustrated his slaps won't hurt at least

£exaholic 2 kids; Colorado 20862 posts
11th Jan '13

I feel the same way that you do. Did you ask her what she did to maybe cause that sort of reaction? or maybe he did it by accident. I feel like if you know your pet well enough to know they aren't violent or etc. I wouldn't punish them too badly.

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
11th Jan '13

What do they want you to do? haha, give away the cat?
You'd think she'd be more bummed over that then over the cat swatting her.

Mrs. Tebow 2 kids; El Paso, Texas 6684 posts
11th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Tavi:</b>" So Kiki & Mr. Smoke are usually great together. I know Kiki's been a little rough lately with him. ... [snip!] ... doing anything...and I don't see anything that needs to be done since nothing was done out of anger...I don't think anyways."</blockquote>




I agree, there shouldn't be like a consequence to it. You said it's not in his nature, he was probably just spooked. Poor babies.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
11th Jan '13

It's a cat. Cat's sometimes scratch people. If your daughter provokes the cat, she will get scratched. I think that's consequence enough for her to learn, right? As far as punishing the cat... once again, it's a cat. Lol

kthx. TTC since Nov 2012; Cleves, Ohio 65233 posts
11th Jan '13

I don't think you're awful for doing it. A cat that old is going to get irritated very easily. And the fact that he's hiding out, he knows he did something wrong. I'd let your daughter know that she needs to play a bit nicer, softer. Explain the cat is getting old and she just needs to be gentle. I don't think he did it because he's mean... he was just at his last straw.




BTW, don't waste $20 on the kitty caps (saw someone else suggest it). They don't work. The cat will chew them off and you'll find little plastic caps all throughout your house :x

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 21561 posts
status 11th Jan '13

I thought you meant like your SO slapped her across the face.

Mandy ♥ Hailey+Roo 2 kids; Middleton, Idaho 11788 posts
11th Jan '13

I let Hailey and my cat duke it out. If Hailey's being a jerk, she gets no sympathy. If the cat is being a jerk, she gets shunned for a while. Usually they're ok. Not friends though, lol.

Tavi 1 child; Washington 24382 posts
11th Jan '13
Quoting Unique Mama:" omg you are such a b***h I was like OMG SOMEONE SLAPPED HER BABY!?!?!? lol though, dick move cat :( ... [snip!] ... though, dick move cat :( maybe time to try those cat claw caps so if the kitty gets frustrated his slaps won't hurt at least"


His claws are actually pretty fierce. He has a new nail sharpener and so I think maybe he was trying for soft paws, but his claws have gotten so sharp now, that it was an accident. Like...you should have seen his face when I turned around. He looked really upset about it himself. And the marks aren't as deep as they could have been if he really wanted to hurt her....thing is is he never really wants to...I just...I don't know. The caps wouldn't stand a chance though. He doesn't even want a collar...caps would embarrass him.

Jane.Doe. Fukushima, Japan 2805 posts
11th Jan '13

Oh weird, my friend uses them on her cats and she hasent had a problem :(



I had a pet rat when LO was actually little. He had never in his life bit anyone, I had had him for years and he was the most chill rodent ever. I am guessing she put her arm down wrong and pinched his nuts or something, but he freaked out and clawed or bit her. It was BAD. It's been 7 years and she still has the scars from it, but yeh same deal. What can you do really? The pet doesnt know what they did was wrong, and it's too late now to try to discipline for it. SO just have to be careful and keep a closer eye in the future is all you can really do :(

Tavi 1 child; Washington 24382 posts
11th Jan '13
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Jane.Doe. Fukushima, Japan 2805 posts
11th Jan '13

"the cat slapped" lol THANK YOU

Reise's Mommy 2 kids; Kentucky 1706 posts
11th Jan '13
Quoting Mandy loves Hailey+Boy:" I let Hailey and my cat duke it out. If Hailey's being a jerk, she gets no sympathy. If the cat is being a jerk, she gets shunned for a while. Usually they're ok. Not friends though, lol."


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DS is still too small to really understand the concept of being nice to the animals and our cat is declawed, so when he slaps him DS just laughs and tries to get him to do it again. I stand by the idea that if my child wants to provoke an animal and I've already warned him and he does it again I'll let that animal swat him. It'll teach him better than I can by telling him no. I got scratched something awful as a kid for being mean to our cat and that's the only thing that taught me to be nice.

Andi+Andy=Marley+1 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 4564 posts
11th Jan '13

We recently got a cat and he's a bastard to all of.us but my DD never leaves him alone so she always has a cat scratch somewhere. He got her in the face a few times and I usually put him in my room for the day but that's all I can do and DD knows better then to mess with him. If she does she gets scratched and she knows that.



Don't feel like shit over it. To avoid it try clipping his claws every few weeks. It helps