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I particularly don't like cats. When I was very little one scratched me when I tried to make love to it. From there, I don't trust them. When my daughter was born I thought about having a pet. We have had fish, turtles, today we have a dog, but cats don't even think about it.
The fact that my experience with cats has not been the best does not mean that other people cannot live with cats. Some parents are concerned with the cat's reaction to the arrival of a baby at home, which is completely understandable.
There are tons of stories about what cats can do to babies, although according to Kat miller, Conduct Expert for the United States Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals, It is babies that scare cats the most, for its strange noises, its different smells, and its most unpredictable behavior. For some cats, babies are like aliens.
When a baby arrives at a home, the routine of the house changes completely. Normally, babies adapt to the new reality, but the cat does notice the changes, since it is an animal of habit and prefers regularity. For this reason, it is necessary to monitor the cat's contact and behavior with the baby. Don't take an eye off them, and consider Dr. Miller's advice:
1- Monitor the cat's contact with the baby. Do not leave them alone for a single moment. If the baby is sleeping, the door of his room should be closed to keep the cat away, and thus prevent him from climbing into the crib.
2- Observe if there is any allergic reaction on the baby's skin or breathing. It could be because of the cat's hair. In this case, they should consult the doctor.
3- Before the baby comes home it is convenient accustom the pet to it. Try before gradually adjusting the new times and places of food, playing or petting the cat. Any abrupt change in the cat's life can cause anxiety and fear.
4- Accustom the cat to the sounds that the baby makes, as well as their smells. Let the cat smell your perfume, and become familiar with the baby's cries.
5- Regularly trim the cat's nails, to avoid possible scratches. Seek the guidance of a veterinarian for that.
6- Make sure that the cat know what things are allowed or prohibited. Climbing into the crib or on your lap when breastfeeding should not be allowed.
7- Animals 'talk' with their bodies. If the cat's tail is up and not wagging, it is a sign that the cat is agitated and deserves attention. If its ears are upright, the cat will be relaxed and interested.
8- The cat's behavior will also depend on the attitudes of its owners. Let the cat observe and approach the baby at your own pace, without expressing terror and fear. Giving him a vote of confidence also helps educate him.
9- Take into account the personality of the cat. That will depend on your adjustment or not to the new baby.
10- Take care of hygiene. Prevent the cat from climbing into the crib, on the table, and always being in contact with the baby. Educating the cat in this regard is extremely necessary.
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