You are overjoyed with the arrival of your baby, but is your cat that too? Many cats have absolutely no problems with the arrival of a little one, but there are also cats that have more difficulty with that. Below you will find a number of tips to help the cat get used to (the arrival of) the new roommate.
Start on time
The more sensitive your cat is to stress, the sooner you have to start for the changes to take place as gradually as possible. Many problems arise because the cat suddenly has lost its permanent place, is confronted with countless new smells and sounds and probably suddenly receives less attention. As a cat you would be less upset!
The baby room
If you have decided to use your cat’s favorite room as a baby room, start ‘moving’ the cat as early as possible. Move the litter box to a new (and permanent!) Place, preferably with small pieces so that the transition is not too large. Do the same with food and drinkers.
Create a new place for the cat to sit, sleep and preferably look outside. Preferably make sure that there are several safe escape places, in case there is a lot of visitors and / or maternity assistance.
If the cat has found a new place, close the door of the nursery so that he gets used to it in time that he may no longer go there.
You can also do odd jobs in phases, so that the cat gets used to the new smells of paint, wallpaper, carpeting, new furniture, etc. He responds anxiously to new objects and smells, use Feliway spray to give the new furniture a familiar odor. to give. You can rub in the new furniture with a towel that has been lying on the cat’s bed for a few days to apply the cat’s own scent.
Baby smells and baby things
Cats have a sensitive nose and therefore react very strongly to new scents. Use the baby oil and other care products regularly before the baby is born, so that the cat is used to the smell.
Place baby items and toys regularly in the living room. Toys that move or make noise are particularly threatening. Let the cat get used to it at its own pace. Do it step by step, especially if the cat is scared. Reward the cat regularly if it is in the vicinity of a new object and if it remains calm.
Get used to crying a baby
The penetrating cry of a baby can make a cat quite nervous, especially because it can resemble the screaming of aggressive cats among themselves. Play the sound of a crying baby (Youtube) very softly – so that the cat can hear it – when you are cuddling or playing with the cat. If he responds anxiously, try again with the volume a little lower. Reward him exuberantly if he stays calm.
Building new routines
Probably your whole life will be shaken when the baby comes and a lot will change in your daily schedule. Try to anticipate this and to implement possible changes earlier, such as other feeding moments. Although it seems more logical to let the cat ‘benefit’ from the undivided attention,
it will make it more difficult for him when the baby arrives.
However difficult it may be, have someone in the family regularly make time to cuddle or play with the cat once the baby arrives. The cat does not understand why everyone is so busy and no longer has time for him.
Escape from gripping hands
Even though your cat may not be impressed at all by the arrival of the baby, once the baby starts to crawl, he may think differently. Make sure the cat can retreat to a high place (climbing pole, boards etc) where the toddler cannot reach!
The cat is not jealous of the baby
If you sit quietly with the baby on your lap, then the chances are good that the cat will join you. Not because he is jealous, but probably because that is the only moment that you sit quietly and he also came onto your lap before the baby arrived. Have him come and browse the baby quietly, do not panic because of the cat’s proximity. Give the cat hugs if he stays calm, so it will also be a pleasant moment for him. Enjoy being together!