7 Tips to Safely Introduce Your Cat to Your New Baby

by | May 25, 2024

New and expecting parents with cats often face the challenge of introducing their furry friends to their newborn. You see, cats are very territorial and jealous animals. They often need some coaxing and training to adjust to new conditions. 

Thankfully, introducing your cat to your new baby doesn’t need to be overly burdensome. With the tips discussed in this post, your feline friend and your baby can hit it off from the start. 

Read on to find out 7 proven ways to safely introduce your cat to your new baby. 

7 Tips for Safely Introducing Your Cat to Your New Baby 

Having a new baby usually comes with a lot of change.  You’ll need to adjust your living conditions, daily routines, and even habits to fit your new addition, which might take some getting used to. Add your dear cat to the mix, and it’s not uncommon for you to feel a little overwhelmed. 

Fortunately, cats are known to be fond of babies, and the tips explained below will ease the introduction process between your cat and your baby. 

1. Get Your Cat Accustomed to Your Baby’s Smell

The process of introducing your cat to your baby should start before your baby is born. Cats can be very sensitive creatures, and certain scenarios and changes in routines can cause them to become anxious and unsettled

One way to ease your cat into meeting your new baby is to get it accustomed to the scents common with new babies. 

Cats have a strong sense of smell, it’s one of the ways they discern what is familiar and what is safe. New babies come with a host of new scents, e.g., baby oil, napkins, baby powder, etc. These scents are unknown to your cat and can cause them to feel anxious. 

Try using a bit of the baby product on your cat. For example, you could apply some baby lotion to your hands and then spend time petting your cat. 

2. Introduce Your Cat to Baby Sounds 

Another important tip for introducing your cat to your new baby is getting your cat accustomed to baby sounds. Some cats are sensitive to sounds, and unfamiliar sounds can unsettle them or make them anxious. 

Unfortunately, new babies come with a lot of new and unfamiliar sounds, like crying and gurgling. You can navigate this by playing recordings of baby sounds around your home. Start slowly and quietly, and then increase the volume as your cat gets used to it. 

Do a Thorough Vet Check

Regular check-ins with the vet are crucial to the well-being of your cat. But it’s even more crucial when you’re expecting a baby or have a newborn in the house. 

Before bringing your baby into your home, you want to check your cat for fleas, worms, and any other disease or illness. You also want to make sure that your cat is not in any kind of pain. An uncomfortable cat is less agreeable and harder to introduce to a new baby.

Lastly, be careful of toxoplasmosis while you’re pregnant. Toxoplasmosis is spread by the feces of infected cats and also via infected soil. Although it is mostly found in outdoor cats, you should take these precautions, especially while pregnant:

  • Avoid taking in any new cats while pregnant.
  • Use gloves to change your cat’s litter, or avoid it entirely by hiring someone to do it. 
  • Avoid contact with soil; wear gloves while gardening. 

4. Don’t Neglect Your Cat

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It’s expected that with a new baby, the time you spend with your cat may drastically reduce. But you mustn’t neglect your cat. Check out these few pointers:

  • As much as possible, keep the same routine for feeding and playing with your cat before and after your baby arrives. If you suspect your feeding routine will change when the baby comes—which it will—change it to one that works for you before your baby arrives. This way, your cat can get used to the routine before the baby comes. 
  • Make sure your cat still has a haven. The arrival of a new baby often comes with a lot of visitors. The many new faces can be overwhelming if your cat isn’t very social. You can make it easier for them by ensuring they have a quiet corner away from the many strange faces popping in. 
  • You should also keep your cat occupied. Having a baby is time-consuming and will require you to be away from your cat for prolonged periods. Keep your cat entertained while you’re away with toys, cat trees, and other activities.
  • Praise your cat often, especially when in the same room with your child. Let them associate treating your baby gently with being praised. 

5. Keep Baby Toys Separate From Cat Toys

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You’d be shocked at how similar cat and baby toys are. So, it’s not uncommon for cats to be found playing with baby toys, thinking they’re theirs. 

To avoid this, place your baby’s toys and your cat’s toys in separate places. For example, your cat’s toys should be restricted to their play area, while your baby’s toys should be kept in their crib as much as possible. 

Consider keeping your baby’s toys out of your cat’s reach. Leave only a few of your cat’s toys lying around, and they should be kept out of your baby’s sight. 

6. Pay Attention to Hygiene 

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Everyone knows that proper hygiene is a fundamental part of child care. You want to make sure that everyone washes their hands before carrying the baby—this is especially important if they’ve been playing with the cat before then. 

Did you know that poor hygiene could also affect your cat’s well-being? Leaving things like soiled nappies and dirty clothes around can significantly unsettle your cat. 

You see, cats are sensitive to smell, and strong odors can cause them to be stressed. As a result, they can start to mark their territory by spraying or peeing in that area. 

7. Seek Help When You’re Overwhelmed 

Taking care of your cat while still attending to a new baby can be very exhausting. It’s not uncommon for you to need help keeping an eye on your cat while still caring for your baby. 

If you feel overwhelmed, there’s no harm in asking for help. You can ask some friends or family to help keep an eye on your cat and your baby while you take a nap. 

You can also hire a professional cat sitter to help keep an eye on your cat while you’re busy caring for your child. A cat sitter can help regulate your cat’s meals, change their litter, and keep them occupied while you attend to other pressing needs. This way, you can be sure that your cat isn’t neglected. 

Hire a Professional Cat Sitter to Ease The Introduction Process

Introducing your cat to your new baby can seem daunting. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through it alone.

Comforted Kitty offers professional cat-sitting services in California, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada. We can help you keep your kitten entertained while you attend to the needs of your newborn.

We are cat care experts and know how to keep your cat happy and healthy. So, you can be sure they are in safe hands. 

What are you waiting for? Schedule your appointment today.

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