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Getting Cats and Babies to Coexis

family and catGetting Cats and Babies to Coexist

There are many untruths surrounding cats and newborn babies. Stories about cats harming infants are usually exaggerated and based on ignorance. Shelters are often asked to take in the family cat because a new baby has arrived and the parents worry about the risk the cat poses to the child. However, future parents can educate themselves and learn how best to help their cats and newborns coexist.

While your cat may be curious about the new baby, he’s more likely to be frightened the first few times he hears the baby cry and try to run under the nearest chair. In fact until your cat gets used to the baby, he will probably want little to do with the newest family member.

To help your felines adjust to the strange sights, smells, and sounds of the new arrival, let them get involved before the baby arrives. Let the cats check out the nursery during supervised visits. Have someone bring home a baby blanket or item of clothing with the new baby’s scent before you return from the hospital so the cats can become accustomed to the scent. Upon arriving home, let someone else hold the newborn so you can greet your cat and give him some affection.