Emmet is suddenly afraid of our 3 month old kitten. He runs screaming if he sees the cat. Jonas (our cat) has never bitten him, scratched him, or hissed at him. I don't know what to do. Emmet ate breakfast sitting on top of the table! He's afraid to go anywhere in the house alone. He hisses and screams at the cat and lunges at him.
I will admit that the cat playfully springs out from under the couch.
Emmet also is TERRIFIED of dogs, leash or no leash.
We got the cat w/ his consent hoping to give him a good experience w/ an animal to alay his fears. He picked out the kitten, we talked about it and he said he really wanted to take it home, so I didn't surprise him with it or anything.
I don't want to get rid of our cat, I don't feel that would be responsible, but I don't know how to help Emmie thru this.
a side note: Emmet has had other stange fears. Boston Ferns when he was 1-2 yo and this past summer it was moths. When he freaks out he REALLY freaks out-running, screaming, crying, and trying to climb up me, before I can even figure out what the problem is.