Professional tips from a leading animal expert,
presented in a way children understand and enjoy
|“Designed to help kids get pet-savvy, it may help grown-ups check their skills,
“A wonderful resource for families! Children learn how to
interact responsibly with animals. ”
Bonnie Whalen, MD, Professor of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital
Cats & Kids teaches respect for animals without creating fear. With lots of
appealing dogs and cats, remarkable animal footage, and a positive, kid-friendly approach, the video shows children how to
be safe around pets and strays.
Young people learn a few simple rules for
avoiding potentially dangerous situations and dealing with them if they occur. The
video’s information is presented in an age-appropriate way, within the skill level
and motor abilities of young children. At the end of the video, an interactive,
"game show" quiz reinforces learning.
The need for this information is clear. Not only are young people more likely to be
bitten, the injuries are more likely to be serious. The journal of the American
Academy of Pediatrics reports: “Injuries to the head, neck and face areas are
common in young children and often result in significant trauma requiring
hospitalization.” A child’s small stature puts head and neck in close range of an
attacking animal. Children tend to bring their faces close, into an area that may
be instinctively perceived as a threat by a dog or cat, and the natural exuberance
of young people may unknowingly lead to actions that can prompt an attack. Remember that even the gentlest animal may attack
if it feels threatened.
Dogs, Cats & Kids teaches children ...
• How to read dog and cat body language
• When to approach a pet and when not to disturb it
• The right ways to handle and play with their pets
• The warning signs that say "stay away"
• Why neighbor pets are different than our own
• Why never to stare into a dog's eyes, or pet a cat on its
• Situations to avoid in the home, in a neighbor’s home, and outside
• How to be a “tree” or a “rock” if a stray threatens
Dogs, Cats & Kids was created by Donald Manelli, the former head writer of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"
-- the most popular animal show ever broadcast on American TV. It features Wayne Hunthausen, DVM, one of the world's leading
authorities on companion animal behavior and former president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
Cats & Kids presents the safety practices and precautions recommended by
leading animal behavior experts and organizations, and teaches them in a way
that children understand, remember and enjoy learning. But it is important to
note that animals may be unpredictable and no defensive technique can be
an absolute guarantee against a bite or scratch injury. The best advice is that given
in the video -- learn to interact safely with animals, recognize their warning signs,
and avoid potentially dangerous animals and situations.
Dogs, Cats & Kids is designed for children in grades K through 4.
The video is 27 1/2 minutes long, including the interactive quiz at the end. It is
available in VHS and DVD. See “How To Order” for ordering information.
A companion video, Dogs, Cats & BIG Kids, is available for older children
(grades 4 to 8). With an age-appropriate approach, it includes the same important information and award-winning footage,
and adds new bite prevention skills within the abilities of kids in the upper grades. It is widely praised by parents and
professionals and, most importantly, kids love it.
“In lessons that are gentle and caring, 'Dogs, Cats & Kids' teaches children
how to show affection to their pets without scaring the animals.”
Cat Fancy Magazine
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