Is your household expecting a new bundle of joy? This can be a stressful time for not only you but also your kitties. Getting them prepared is key to have them not be stressed and have an easy transition into having a new addition come into their home.
Before the baby comes into the home it is recommended to have someone visit that already has a baby. This way you can see how your cat reacts. Do not force them to have any interaction but encourage them to be in the same room with treats or toys.
Decide where you want the cat to be and not to be. Start getting them used to these rules prior to the babies arrival. Start putting baby stuff out now. Cats need time to adjust to new things. It is recommended to let them get used to the new surrounds like high chairs and swings prior to the arrival of your new baby.
Once your baby comes home do not force your cat to interact with them. Treat the event in a matter-of-fact manner, and don’t make a big deal of the introduction. Give them time to adjust to the fact that their is a new person in the house. If the cat acts interested, allow him to sniff the baby’s foot. Praise the cat when he behaves in a confident, calm manner.
Once the kitty understands that treating the baby like one of the family and in a respectful way is to his advantage, there should be no problem. Although, never leave the cat alone with the baby. Close the door to the nursery when the baby is sleeping. If there is no door to close, place a crib tent over the crib to keep the cat out. These precautions also prevent the cat from urinating in the crib, something they may try if extremely stressed.
As the baby grows, teach the child to respect the cat, but be sure the kitty has a private retreat to escape from reaching toddler hands. Mutual respect and careful introductions grow into a loving bond that will last a lifetime.