By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.
Aah, it’s truly a cat’s life for the pampered feline in your home until the day you enter the front door cradling your new baby. What kind of reaction can you expect from your cat when you bring home your newborn baby? And more importantly, how can you ensure a safe introduction between your cat and your infant?
Here are 7 tips to help prepare your cat, and your home, for life with a new baby.
1. Think like your cat. Felines are creatures of habit and some take a long time in adjusting to changes in the household routine, the addition or deletion of a person or pet in the home, and even relocating furniture in the living room. Cats don’t like surprises. Period.
2. Plan and plot now. While you’re pregnant, take advantage of the nine month preparation time to make your cat – and your home – baby ready. Designate a room in your home that serves as your cat’s welcoming getaway. This room, be it a spare bedroom, bathroom or other room with a door, should contain pet necessities and amenities: litter box, food and water bowls, comfy pet bed, elevated sturdy perch or shelf, scratching post and a couple favorite toys. Usher your cat into this room for a few minutes at a time, with the goal of expanding that time to a few hours.Read More…