Oh boy (or girl!)! You’re expecting a little bundle of joy in about 9 months or less and you’ve shared the news with just about everyone: your family, his family, your friends aaaaaaaannnnnd... your resident puddy tat.
But he didn’t seem too thrilled with the news, did he? Well, while he probably didn’t understand a word you said (come on now... you know he doesn't understand you, right?), he may sense change is a comin’ with the hustle and bustle of the nursery preparation, the addition of new furniture and supplies, and the changes you’re making to get your home “baby-safe”.
Undoubtedly, you’ll want to create a happy relationship between your newborn and your cat, and it will take a little bit of preparation to ease your feline friend into the idea of yet another human being to tolerate. But go on, admit it, before the little bean was on it’s way, your cat was the center of your world (aside from your spouse... of course, right?) and because cats, Dubai pet lovers should know, are creatures of habit and routine, anything that distrupts his harmony can quite possibly stress him out. So if you truly want a smooth transition when your two-legged baby arrives, it’s a good idea to get prepping now (while you can still comfortably move about and aren’t feeling like a ton of bricks is on yer belly!).
To tackle the task, think about the changes the presence of a newborn brings, such as unfamiliar noises (geeeeeeezz... babies are ridiculously LOUD!!), eradict schedules, lots of STUFF (who knew such a tiny human required SOOOOOOOO MUCH STUFF!?), cribs, baby smells (dirty nappies, wipes and lotions), rocking chairs, changing tables, and loads and loads of toys. And while you’re kitting out the baby’s room, know that in the feline world, the addition of each and every one of these items may represent for him an invasion of his sanctuary (his home) and he may therefore react in a way that you’ll find very annoying (like toileting and marking in areas OUTSIDE of his litter tray… GRRRRRRR).
To go about introducing all this newness, a gradual approach on kitty’s terms, and one that reinforces a positive association to the new items through a reward (food, play or cuddles), will help to ease his anxiety (probably!).
Here are a few suggestions (warning - some of them do indeed seem silly!):
Lastly, if all this newborn and cats talk has got you wondering and worrying about the overall benefits/risks of having a baby and a cat together at all, take a look at a blog we wrote some time ago, in which we discuss the health benefits animals bring to humans (including babies!): https://www.dkc.ae/post/90/a-healthy-start-to-the-new-year.
So, when’s the baby due?
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