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The excitement of adding a new member to your family is incredible. If you have a cat in your household, you should make it a point to introduce the two to one another. When done properly, everyone will have a great time. Perhaps, your furry four-legged feline can become your baby’s first friend.
Since your cat has never interacted with
a baby before, a proper introduction is essential. Your little one behaves in a
different manner, which can be confusing to your feline. Use the guide given
below to learn how to introduce your cat to your little one:
Before the baby comes home
Play baby sounds
Your baby is going to make a lot of
noises when you bring him/her home. Any unknown voice is going to make your
feline uncomfortable. The best way to prepare it for this change is to play
baby sounds. You can use YouTube to find sample clips.
At first, keep the volume low, after
which, you can increase it gradually. The goal is to accustom your cat to the
sounds of a baby so that it doesn’t overwhelm it when your little one comes
Introduce baby objects and smells
Months before you bring the baby home,
you should get your cat used to all the new smells and objects. Items such as
changing mats, playpens, and cots can overwhelm your cat if it doesn’t have
time to adjust to them. Make sure you keep them in the household so that the
feline can become familiar with the smells.
Similarly, apply baby powder, soap, and
shampoo on certain parts of your body. The trick is to allow the scent to mix
with your smell so that it doesn’t alarm your feline.
Once the baby comes home
Introduce the two
Now that you are ready to go home with
your baby, it is time your resident meets the newest member of your family.
Ensure the place where your cat gets to know the little one isn’t its feeding
or sleeping area.
Allow the cat to sniff the baby for a
couple of seconds. Reward the feline for being calm, so that it knows to behave
the same way in the future. Never force your cat to interact with your little
one, as the entire situation can be quite stressful.
When you have a baby at home, it is all
the more important that you make sure your feline is free of fleas and worms.
Every time you interact with the cat, you should wash your hands, before
touching your little one. Never leave the feline and the baby alone, if you are
confident nothing is going to happen. Make sure you follow everything in this
guide, so that your cat becomes comfortable with your little one!