Teaching local kids about cat care and being responsible
These are FREE workshops run during the school holidays where we teach kids about responsible cat ownership. We will provide lots of hand on experience with cats and kittens, creative arts and craft activities, team games and of course refreshments. We run these run workshops for children aged 5 to 11.*
Positive learning outcomes for Kiddy Cats:
1. Responsibility: Cats require daily feeding, exercise, and affection, not to mention grooming and toilet time (and clean-up). Older children can learn how to care for cats including feeding and playtime.
2. Trust: It’s easy to spill your heart out to your pet, who will offer you unconditional love in return. Cats make wonderful trusted companions for children and can be a first step to helping your child build trust in other relationships, too.
3. Compassion: Caring for a cat requires compassion, understanding, and empathy. Children learn to be kind and to take care of others’ basic needs.
4.Bereavement: When a pet passes away, your child will inevitably feel the pain of the loss, but in turn will learn how to cope during the bereavement period.
5. Respect: Owning a cat teaches children how to respect others. They must touch them gently, tend to their needs, and learn not to disturb them when they’re eating or sleeping.
6. Self-Esteem: Cats show unconditional love, which can be a great boost to a child’s self-esteem. So, too, can the satisfaction that comes from having responsibility and caring for a cat’s needs.
7. Loyalty: A cat’s loyalty toward its owner is often unmatched. In turn, children learn the importance of showing loyalty to their devoted furry friend.
8. Physical Activity: Children who own a cat learn how fun physical activity can be while they play with their pet. Research shows, in fact, that children in pet-owning families spend more time being physically active than children without pets.
9. Patience: Bonding with a pet often takes time. Your child will learn patience while your new pet becomes comfortable in your home and also during the settling in period .
10. Social Skills: Cats can be a great ice breaker... and can be a topic of conversation around many themes.
Please check with the rescue or on our Facebook page for any upcoming dates.
*Kids must be accompanied by and adult throughout the session.
The workshops are free of charge but as always you are more than welcome to make donations towards our rescue.
In February 2019 we launched our RPO (Responsible Pet Owner) SQUAD TRAINING CAMP.
Children are our future pet owners and this programme was aimed to educate and inform children about responsible pet ownership in a fun way that promotes self esteem and self confidence.
Every session was different and this event ran once a month.
We covered topics such as: neutering, vaccinations, diet, colours and grooming, as well as disability and diversity.
In the sessions we carried out activities such as: feeding the cats, grooming, worksheets and, arts and crafts, games and a 15 minute topic discussion,
Juice and biscuits were shared during the session too.