Cats and babies together have a long history. You've probably heard people say that cats can steal a baby's breath (not true!) or that they can become an infant's best friend. There are lots of YouTube videos showing cats and babies playing together and getting along just fine. We love watching them because what could be cuter than cats and babies in one place? In reality though, getting your cat and your child to get along isn't as simple as you might think.
Often, cats do not like or get along with babies. It's sad but true, and it's understandable when you think about it. Children don't always play nice, sometimes petting too hard or pulling on tails and fur. Some cats will tolerate this, but many will not. And who can blame them? These cats aren't mean, they are just protecting themselves.
Cats may also dislike the new baby because he steals your attention away from your cat. Cats can act just like an older sibling at times, jealous of all the attention and love that the new bundle of joy is getting from mommy and daddy. A new baby has been the cause of many an abandoned litter box.
Finally, your cat may dislike the new child simply because he's something new and different. Cats love routine, and a new person in the house is something out of the ordinary. Your cat may need some time to adjust to the new smells, the strange new sounds, the waking up at odd hours in the night, and all the other changes that a new baby brings to a household. The whole experience can actually cause your cat some stress.
It saddens me to hear of families giving up their beloved cats because they didn't adjust to the new baby right away. It might take a little extra time but I do think that cats can get used to the new little human if the process is handled correctly.So what can you do to reduce the stress and maybe even get your cat to like your child? Here are a few tips that can help: