Any advice for talking to a 22 month old about hurt companion animals?
Our cat was attacked by our neighbor's dogs and was pretty badly chewed up. He is coming home from the vet today but really looks pretty bad (his hindquarters are shaved and you can see multiple deep puncture wounds and he has lost a tooth).
Leela has been very worried about him, even when we didn't know the full extent of his injuries, and now its going to be even more apparent that he is hurt. We are going to be giving him medicine and he is expected to make a full recovery, though it will take a lot of TLC. He escaped from our house and snuck into the neighbor's yard, and is really lucky my husband happened to be home and willing to throw himself between two dogs (one is over 90lbs) to save our cat (my hero ♥).
Any idea how to talk to her without minimizing how hurt he is while also not scaring her? She is very gentle and loving with him, so I am not worried about her being too rough, but she tends to have a lot of sympathy when others are hurt, and I don't want her being freaked out more than necessary. I thought this was an interesting article about building empathy: http://evolutionaryparenting.com/is-she-okay/
It talks about not saying "Oh she's okay" and minimizing the hurt another is feeling.
Thank you in advance!