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Posted on 01-08-2018

Prepare Your Cat for Your New Baby

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Many cats have ingrained habits and like routine. A break in routine, especially a dramatic change over the norm, may cause your cat anxiety. This can lead to behavior problems. If you are a cat owner who is expecting a new baby, easing your cat into the transition can help alleviate your cat's anxiety, which can make life in your home more pleasant after the baby is born. At All About Cats Veterinary Hospital, we help cat owners prepare for the arrival of a new baby. 

Make Changes Well Ahead Of Time

Cats adjust to gradual changes better than they adjust to sudden changes. To ensure that your cat is ready when the baby comes, start making changes well ahead of time and make the changes in increments. For example, if your cat's litter box is in the soon-to-be nursery, start moving the litter box a little bit each day until you've managed to relocate the box to a more desirable location. 

If the nursery will need a lot of new furniture, add the furniture a bit at a time until it is completely refurnished.

Create Positive Associations with Baby

To cats, babies make strange noises and have strange smells. You can help your cat adjust to these changes and smells by playing a recording of a baby crying at various times throughout the day. To help your cat get used to the smell of a baby, rub your hands with baby oils or baby powder before playing with your cat. This will help your cat develop positive associations with babies, and may make your cat more accepting of babies when yours arrives. 

Contact Your Pet's Veterinarian in Las Vegas NV

If you're expecting a baby in the near future, now is the time to bring your cat in for a wellness exam and behavior consultation. This will ensure that your cat is prepared when the arrival of the baby happens. Call your veterinarian in Las Vegas for an appointment at 702-257-3222. At All About Cats Veterinary Hospital, we help cat owners prepare their cats for big transitions in their life.

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