This morning while my (just turned) 4yr old was out of my sight (or so he thought!), he walked up behind our cat and hit him on the back. I immediately intervened. My son has always been a very sweet, compassionate lil guy. So this morning's event came as quite a shock to me. Was this cause & effect curiosity? Did this have to do with our new baby? Baby girl is 3mo old. And our son adores her. He wants to be with her, loving on her, caring for her, constantly! We haven't had any issues with jealousy except for very minor things.
I'm assuming my son hit kitty for the reaction from cat. He has been chasing after kitty lately...the cat's reaction cracks him up! We keep discussing why this is not okay, but its not deterring our son. We've even talked about giving kitty a new home if we cant be nice to him. That thought is soon forgotten as my son is back at chasing again. Kitty is beginning to scratch/bite more. I really don't want to give our sweet kitty away, but will if i have to, in order to keep kids and kitty safe. So, whatever the reason for hitting kitty, how can i curb the behavior?