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Cat and baby: avoid problems


When your baby and your cat meet, there may be problems. Fortunately, conflicts can be largely avoided if you offer your cat a place to retreat and prepare it for your baby's arrival before the baby is born. Cat and baby can get along well - Shutterstock / ChameleonsEye

Most of the problems between cat and baby arise when your velvet paw cannot withdraw from uncomfortable situations at all times. Then it can happen that your baby approaches the pet curiously, possibly pulling the tail or gripping the fur too tightly with his hands. Your cat then reacts as it behaves to a cheeky kitten and paws its limits with a paw.

Retreats for the cat

So that there are no accidental scratches, your pet should be able to move out of a situation and hide at any time. It is best to set up various elevated sleeping places and caves for your cat before the birth of your baby, for example in the form of a scratching post. So she can make friends with the change of her home in peace. In situations in which she feels uncomfortable, she immediately knows where to withdraw and can rest.

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Protection for the baby

Just as there should be baby-free zones for your cat, cat-free zones are advisable for your baby. You should also determine these before birth and consistently teach your pet that it is not allowed in the nursery or that the cot is taboo. You can do this, for example, by always carrying the velvet paw out of the room or out of the cot and saying "No". Your pet will gradually understand that it should not and accept it. In addition, you can keep the door to the nursery closed to reduce the temptation for the fur nose to go in there.

When babies come into the crawling phase, they want to discover and touch everything. Therefore, your cat's litter box, food bowl and water bowl should be kept out of the reach of your child. Also, as a precaution, never leave your baby alone with your pet in a room. So you can react in time to a collision.

Avoid problems in infancy

If your baby grows up to a toddler, you have to teach him how to handle pets. Also be consistent here if your child screams into the cat's ear, pulls its tail, hits it or wants to grab with both hands. Say no clearly and show your child how to gently pet your cat and speak softly to her instead. Your child gradually learns how to treat a living being in this way.