Pet information for kids

Having a pet as part of your family strengthens bonds and can help kids learn responsibility and provide companionship. Roice-Hurst is here to help your family, pets and kids, live in harmony with each other. For more information or consultation’s about pet behavior and how kids can help, contact our Dog and Cat Behavior counselors –
Laura (dog) laura@rhhumanesociety.org or Arlena (cat) arlena@rhhumanesociety.org

Kids and Cats 

a boy and his kitten

Cat Body Language

Learn how to read what your cat is feeling through their body language.

How can you tell when a human is happy? They may smile and laugh! What about when someone is sad? They may have their head low. Our cats give us clues to how they are feeling, too! 

Feline Body Language

Feline Body Language

Homemade Cat Toys

Is your kitty feeling bored? Learn how to make three easy toys (with adult supervision). 

Homemade Cat Toys 1

Homemade Cat Toys 2

Homemade Cat Toys

DIY Colony Cat Houses

DIY Colony Cat Houses

DIY Colony Cat Houses

Answers –

True – T-N-R does stand for Trap-Neuter-Return. Not all cats are comfortable being in a home with people, but all cats should be fixed to help control the cat population. 

False – Cats can begin having kittens as early as 4 months old! That is why it is important to get your cat fixed as soon as possible. At Roice-Hurst, all kittens are spayed or neutered before they can be adopted, as early as 8 weeks old. 

True – When you spay/neuter your cat they can no longer produce more kittens and that helps control the population. 

False – Cats can have 3-5 litters in a year! Each litter can average 4 kittens. That could be 20 kittens in a single year. 

False – Most feral cats are not going to want to be a housecat, they are happy to be free and live outside. You can those feral cats by giving them a warm home during the cold months. 

True – If you see a cat with one of its ear tips cut, that means that someone cared enough to have that cat spayed or neutered. 

Kids and Dogs

a girl and her dog

Can you Read Dog Body Language?
Positive Reinforcement

Learn how to positively reward your dog using a reward such as food, a toy, or praise (“what a good, boy”!) for good behaviors. The same idea can also be done with cats. 

Positive Reinforcement For Dogs

Positive Reinforcement For Dogs

Answers – 

B – Trade him his favorite toy for your toy.

A – Hold a treat over his head until he sits, say YES! and give the treat. 

B – Turn away and ignore him.

C- Redirect his attention to something else and give him treats when he doesn’t bark. 

Positive Reinforcement

No Bake Dog Treats

More tips and fun information for kids and pets. 

Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms is a guide that shows us how to best care for our companion animals. See if you can match each Five Freedom with the picture. Then look at the key to see how many you got right!

Five Freedoms

Five Freedoms Worksheet

Answers – 

Five Freedoms Answer Key

Shelter Pets Coloring Page

Get creative and have fun with our Shelter Pets Coloring Page.

Shelter Pets Coloring Page

 

A Shelter Pet's Purpose coloring book

A coloring book inspired by the pet’s at Roice-Hurst! A Shelter Pet’s Purpose 

A Shelter Pet's Purpose

Inspired by the pet’s at Roice-Hurst and illustrated by Ronald Glover.

Purchase yours today! Proceeds benefit the life-saving work at Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
See the video “A Shelter Pet’s Purpose” that inspired the coloring book on our YouTube Channel. 

Stress in Pets

Did you know animals get stressed when they are feeling overwhelmed? They are just like us in many ways! Look at the sheets and learn to identify stress signals in companion animals. Then learn how each animal copes (or deals with their stress). It’s important to let our animals cope if they are feeling overwhelmed. 

Stress in Pets

Stress in Pets

How You Can Help Shelter Pets
  • Ask for food and supplies on your birthday to be donated to the shelter – see our Wish List
  • Ask your family about adopting or fostering a shelter pet
  • Become a Junior Volunteer
  • Host a bake sale or fundraiser at your school or church
  • Make toys, treats, or blankets