By azouwa

Everybody wants to be a cat

Today, I caught my 10 year-old in the closet, naked, on his hands and knees, eating cat food straight from the bag. He'd torn a hole in the side of the bag, cat food was everywhere. We have plenty of food in the house, but he wants to be a cat. FML
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By  GhostFox  |  33

Either try a therapist and see if something triggered him to think that being a cat was better, or try to ignore it and see if it's a phase. If it isn't and he does it for more than a few days, it might be a good idea to call a child psychiatrist or psychologist.

  GhostFox  |  33

Note that I mostly want to rule out some sort of chemical imbalance related disorder that has resulted in an altered perception of his identity. If he just wants to pretend to be a cat, set rules about it but don't stop him from doing it if he makes a big deal about it, or it will also become about the rebellion. Where he play cat, when, what he has to wear, activities that are okay, etc.

Somethings are obvious like keeping his clothes on, but it might also be a good idea to buy him knee pads if he's gonna crawl around. Same with gloves. There are specialty stores for those sort of items, but some soft sports gear should work just as well. No climbing on the roof or high areas in he house should also be established as a rule. And tell him if he really wants "cat food", you'll get him special cat food. Get some tuna and peas and alternate that with broken up cereals or snack mix.

Chances are you can't stop him from doing it all together, but you can make sure he's doing it in a safe environment.

By  Karina Velarde  |  8

Wow, he must be transspecies, you've got to let him be who he is!