Cats and babies – Cats Protection’s Kids and Kitties

Cats and babies – Cats Protection’s Kids and Kitties


Will my cat be a danger to my baby? Your cat will inherently not be a danger. If you prepare everything in advance and
set your cat up to succeed by preparing them for the arrival of the baby, there
shouldn’t be an issue there. That being said, both children and cats are
living things, so there’s always an element of unpredictability there, so
it’s always vitally important to make sure that you supervise any interactions
between your kids and the cats. Sure, that makes sense. Should the nursery be out of
bounds for my cat? Yes, absolutely that’s a great idea. As soon as you’ve dedicated
a room for the nursery, put that off-limits to the cat so the
cat can get used to the fact that it doesn’t go in this room that it might
previously had access to. That means when the baby arrives the cat is not
suddenly shut out of this room that it enjoys and is familiar with, and also has
other added stressors like the baby to contend with. Sure, that makes sense. How can I help my cat
adjust to the changes? There’s lots of different ways you can help your cat
adjust the changes of the baby arriving. Increasing the options for
your cat to move away or to hide if they want to and making sure that the cat has
access to those areas and they’re not disturbed once they are in those areas.
Increasing the amount of mental stimulation for your cat as well.
Obviously when you do have your children, I imagine your time’s going be taken up a
lot. If they have interactive feeders or toy play that they can be engaging
themselves with, this will help take away some of the frustration from maybe
not getting as much attention if that’s going to be an issue. I see. How do I keep my baby safe around the
cat? The most important thing you can do to keep your baby safe around the cat is
always supervise those interactions. Particularly whenever the baby
gets a little bit bigger and starting to crawl around a little bit more, that’s
often when cats can struggle and become more fearful because of that added
element of not just the noise and this new thing, but suddenly it’s moving,
so the key there is to always supervise those interactions. Sure, thank you. What should I do if my
cat’s behaviour changes? If your cat’s behaviour does change, we always recommend getting a vet check initially, to make sure there’s no medical causes for the
change in behaviour. Other than that, we would recommend going to see a qualified
behaviourist to get information on how to help your cat adapt the new scenario
of having a child in the house. What can help when either speaking to your
vet or a qualified behaviourist, is if you’ve kept a diary about your cat’s interactions
or if you do have some video evidence as well, so that can help the vet or
behaviourist because obviously they won’t see that behaviour all the time, so being
able to have an example of the cat being a little bit scared or a little bit
nervous can help them in the long run. Okay great, thank you so much. It was my pleasure. I feel very reassured now, thank you.

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