What is better for a small child (2 years) a cat or a dog?

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  1. dobo700 profile image61
    dobo700posted 10 years ago

    What is better for a small child (2 years) a cat or a dog?

  2. cat on a soapbox profile image95
    cat on a soapboxposted 10 years ago

    My vote goes to a gentle dog.  (We had a Golden Retriever). Dogs tend to bond better w/ children than cats. Cats are okay as long as they are mellow, but they can still be unpredictable w/ their claws and teeth.

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    I don't think a child that young should have a pet unless supervised.  Any animal, dog or cat can get testy if pulled on or pinched. I would wait a year or so.

    1. cat on a soapbox profile image95
      cat on a soapboxposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that supervision is a must w/ young children and pets. smile

  4. samnashy profile image75
    samnashyposted 10 years ago

    I prefer Dogs, although I think kittens are cute.  However, I would probably have a cat if I had to choose to with a small child.

  5. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
    DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years ago

    Either would do--it would depend upon the animal's temperament.  Mellow is a must, and I feel an adult is better, because they have had time to be trained (in the case of dogs) not to jump up and lick faces and the like, which could send a small child sprawling, or unintentionally scratch them, since dogs' claws are not retractable like a cats'.
    When it comes to cats, a mellow adult cat is a better choice because they are not so tiny and delicate as a kitten, and less likely to be accidentally "hugged to death" by a toddler who doesn't understand how to be very gentle.  Besides, a cat is well able to jump up to a surface out of reach of the child when kitty has "had enough."
    In either case, constant parental supervision is a must!  If this is not available for any reason, then wait until the child is older to get a pet.

  6. Denise Handlon profile image85
    Denise Handlonposted 10 years ago

    I'm not sure it would make much of a difference.  I have both and it really, as stated by so many other folks here, depends on the animals temperament.  Kittens can scratch like the dickens, and are just babies themselves.  Puppies don't scratch, but as they grow, can bite...especially around meal times. 

    Whatever you decide, if it is for your child, stay vigilant and supervise at all times.  Until the child and animal are older and bond more solidly, there is bound to be a learning curve of misunderstanding and miscommunication.

 
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