Introducing a newborn into a household with a cat can be a daunting experience for new or expecting parents. While cats and babies can live together harmoniously, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of both the baby and the feline. Here are some tips to help prepare your cat for the arrival of a newborn and maintain a safe living environment for all family members.

Before the Baby Arrives:

  • Keep your cats indoors to prevent the risk of toxoplasmosis. Wear gloves when gardening, handling raw meat, or washing fruits and vegetables. Do not befriend neighborhood cats while pregnant.
  • Prepare your cat for the baby’s arrival by playing with baby sounds and introducing baby lotion odors.
  • Train your cat to stay away from the nursery furniture surfaces such as the changing table and crib.
  • Gradually move the litter box away from the nursery to prevent your cat from reverting to old spots.

After the Baby Arrives:

  • Greet your cat peacefully in a quiet room before introducing the baby.
  • Keep the crib and other baby sleeping locations off-limits to the cat. Use temporary screens or crib tents to protect the baby and prevent the cat from urinating in the crib.
  • Napping with your cat while the baby is asleep can be a peaceful bonding experience.

By following these simple precautions, you can ensure that both your baby and your cat are safe and happy in each other’s company.

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