How should I prepare my cat for the arrival of my baby?

There are lots of things that you can do to prepare your cat for the arrival of your baby.

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The key is to start as early as possible to give yourself as much time.

The first thing you want to do is get your cat checked over by a vet, just to make sure there are no underlying medical issues that can later influence behavior.

It’s also important to have your cat neutered.

From a behavioural point of view, what you can do is start introducing the scary sounds that come along with having a baby, like crying.

The key is to play the sounds at a low level to get your cat used to that and then gradually increase the sound of that.

That also works for new and scary equipment that comes with having a baby for your cat.

So prams, let the cat investigate the pram, don’t let them jump up on it, but let them get used to it, in a fairly calm quiet surroundings.

You might also want to consider reducing lap time for your cat because obviously when you do have your children it’s going to take a lot of your time, so if your cat is constantly used to getting all of your attention and then suddenly there’s this new living thing in the house and they are not getting as much attention that can increase stress as well.

You also want to, once you’ve dedicated a room for the nursery, not let your cat have access to that room as well.

Other things you can do, closer to the time of having the baby, you can increase the number of high up places or hiding places, so if your cat is feeling a little bit worried, it can take themselves away.

You can also get pheromone based diffusers speak to your vet about those, they can help your cat feel a little bit more relaxed and a little bit calmer.

The other really important thing is to read up on cat body language, so you really understand what your cat is trying to communicate, and then if you can’t does look a little bit uncomfortable with the baby or when they are older as children, you can know to anticipate problems early on.

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