Getting a new kitten can be an exciting time in a child’s life. Sometimes kids don’t realize how fragile young cats can be and they can hurt them accidentally. Below are radiographs of two kittens each with a hind leg fracture due to rough handling.
Parents need to teach their children how to hold kittens gently. This will benefit both kitten and child. Kittens will stay safe, more secure and therefore be less likely to hurt a child by biting and scratching to get away from an uncomfortable situation. Kittens should be held with one hand behind the front legs, one hand supporting the hind legs and against your body. Once a kitten feels a gentle touch and warmth from the body he will be purring in no time!