January 2007 Issue

Mixing Cats With Kids With Safety in Mind

There are plenty of benefits for children to gain from animals. Just be sure to integrate wisely.

Who isnít charmed by photographs of kids holding and petting cute, cuddly kittens? Children can benefit from having a cat, and vice versa. "The experience of bonding between the child and the cat can be invaluable," says Larry Lachman, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, animal behavior consultant and author of Cats on the Counter: Therapy and Training for Your Cat, "and a child learns to increase compassion and empathy for nonhuman life."

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