Introducing Your Cat to Your New Baby
Welcoming a new baby into your home is an exciting time. However, as if new and expectant moms didn’t already have quite a bit on their mind, they also have to deal with various comments such as, “aren’t you going to re-home your cat?” and “cats can steal a baby’s breath.” The truth is that most fears are way overblown. Believe it or not, your cat can still be a loving and loved part of your family even after you bring your new little bundle of joy home.
Some tips that will help you with introducing your cat to your human baby are found here.
Take Steps to Prevent Toxoplasmosis
Caused by a protozoan, this is a type of infectious disease that can cause a serious injury or even death to a developing fetus. However, “toxo,” which it is commonly referred to, is extremely rare for indoor cats. To be on the safe side, make sure you use masks and gloves while cleaning litter boxes.
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Alter your Cat’s Environment Slowly
Regardless of if you are buying new furniture, painting or preparing the nursery, make sure you do it in small steps so that your cat has time to adjust. Cats are very reliant on consistency, which means even the smallest changes can cause quite a bit of stress.
Don’t let the Cat in the Baby’s Crib
The best way to eliminate access to the crib is by installing a quality screen door in the nursery. This allows you to see what is going on with your baby but prevents the cat from getting in the crib. Another option is to keep the door closed and use a high-quality baby monitor.
Prepare the Cat for the New Baby Sounds
A baby’s screaming and crying can be quite disturbing to a cat. This means that preparation is essential. Either buy a recording of baby sounds or make one. Keep turning up the volume little by little so your cat can become accustomed to these new sounds.
When you use the tips here, you can easily get your cat ready for your new baby and make it a smooth transition for everyone.