For expectant mothers who are also the happy cat owners, the lead up to your new baby’s arrival can be an especially stressful time. Cats are not typically known to be friendly or kind toward new babies. However, with the right preparation, your cat and baby can get along safely and seamlessly. In this article, we will describe three essential steps to baby proof areas of your home that the cat has marked as its territory.
Step 1: Litter Box
Based on its current location, you may need to move your cat’s litter box. There is a small chance that your cat can transmit a disease called toxoplasmosis, so take care to always wear gloves when handling or cleaning your cat’s litter box – or better yet, ask your partner to take care of it while you’re pregnant. Make sure that you move the box to a place that is always going to be out of your baby’s reach. Disinfect the surrounding area with our Lysol® Disinfectant Spray to remove harmful bacteria.
Step 2: Prepare Your Cat for a Change
It is not uncommon for big, sudden changes to make cats anxious, so there is certainly a right way and wrong way to make changes to your home while preparing for your baby. If the room you plan to build your baby’s nursery in is where your cat spends most of its time, it is important to gradually make changes to it rather than quickly overhauling the room. Moving too fast for your cat can anger and stress them out severely.
Step 3: Make Your Cat Feel at Home
Once you’ve made changes to certain areas of your home, reintroduce your cat to the area by playing with it there. This way, your cat will begin to associate positive feelings with the changed environment. They will also view those areas as a place of comfort versus a place of distress, which is vital for your new baby’s safety.