The arrival of a baby at home is often a source of significant stress for the cat. It is essential to prepare the habitat well and to put in place simple little rules that will help put the cat in the best possible conditions.
In this article, we are going to present you several tips to allow a good arrival of the baby in the house and a fully developed and relaxed cat.
Preparing the house before childbirth
Whether it is a house or an apartment, it must be prepared for the baby, but also for the cat. The environment will have to be studied so that the cat can have a place in which he will feel safe and comfortable.
We do not forget that the cat is an animal that does not support at all (but then, really not at all) that we change its habits. If you push him too much, chances are he will be uncomfortable and behave in unwanted behavior.
The first aspect to take into account will be the observation points of the animal. Generally he chooses specific areas, which are located in height. We think of chairs, cat trees, cushions …
Make sure that he is not in a risk zone, that is to say an area where the baby can endanger his space. The cat should be able to be safe and peaceful at home. This is also the case for the cat who must access his space without difficulty.
When setting up the baby’s room, you will have the opportunity to use pheromones to diffuse in the room. What interest since the cat will not have access to it? Cats are territorial animals that need to mark their territory in order to feel safe. Thus, if he no longer has access to this room, he will develop an anxiety problem. It is preferable, in this case, to diffuse pheromones which are intended for cats so that they can feel this smell and feel safe. It is odorless for the baby and will not endanger his health.
The arrival of a baby indicates enormous changes in your daily life. Women are more often at home, sometimes lying down. Men are more active in relieving their wives. The cat will spot changes in behavior and feel anxious. It is important to take the time to make these changes and to spread them over time. To avoid any problems, you have to spend time with him, but especially not to change his habits towards him. Sometimes you’re tempted to hug more to “compensate” for a change. The cat may feel stressed… Be natural as you are used to being around him.
The baby is coming home!
When the newborn has arrived at the maternity ward, the dad will have to bring some of the mother’s and baby’s belongings home, leaving them on a sofa, an armchair, a table … The objective is to make these smells smell. to the cat so that he is not worried when the baby arrives at home.
When the cat is waiting for you at home, he will not understand what is going on with the baby who will be able to let out some noises and other chirps. He will certainly hide and take refuge. He will come to see you when the baby is in his bedroom.
A few hours later, it will be necessary to make presentations, gently. Introduce the cat to the baby while blocking the cat’s paws to avoid any risk of scratching. However, it is important that the cat can smell it. He will make the link with the business that you have reported to him upstream.
The cat is afraid of the baby, what to do? Time takes time. The animal will gradually regain confidence. It will be up to you to spend time with him to reassure him to show him that nothing has changed for you. On the other hand, a cat who is afraid of a baby must be supervised in the presence of the baby and his things.
It is important to bait him with treats, to play with him, to give him confidence when the baby is napping or sleeping. Little by little, in the presence of your child, gesture towards the cat. After a while it will come to you.
However, if the cat continues to show signs of anxiety, consulting a veterinarian or a feline behaviorist is necessary and will certainly be the best solution.
After you have made the introductions, you should resume your usual routine with the cat. This means that you will have to take the time to play in his company, to feed him, to stroke him and to spend time with him. Problems between the baby and the cat can arise when the parents abandon the animal. This one is possessive and can create conflicts. By taking the time, on the contrary, to play with him and to stroke him, he will associate the presence of the child with more cuddles and games with you. The feline will be even happier!
Our tips for an almost perfect cohabitation
We will never leave a baby unattended (without any pretext), and even less a baby unattended with the presence of the cat nearby.
The baby will not have access to the child’s room, even during the night. The cat could, during its phase of seeking heat and skin contact, get against the baby or on him and cause an accident.
This precaution is a preventive measure. You must not create a barrier between the cat and the baby. Quite the contrary. The cat and the baby must be able to touch and see each other.
Although cat hygiene is impeccable, the cat should not be allowed to lick the baby’s hands. He will put them in his mouth and may swallow harmful bacteria. It is the same for you: if the cat licks your hands, remember to wash them well to avoid contamination.
When the baby becomes a child, he will want to play with the animal, and in particular grab its tail. The moments of play between the cat and the child will be done only under your supervision to avoid an accident. In theory, a well-balanced cat in its head will go into hiding if a child starts chasing it.
Over the years, the cat can experience quite a stressful situation. The child will have to be explained what he has the right to do and not to do to promote cohabitation for everyone.