Welcoming a new member into the family is always a significant change, and there are many factors to keep in mind. For example, if you decide to adopt a dog or cat, you have to ensure that your home is well secured and pet-proof.
Having a pet is a lot like having a child, and your pets rely on you for nurture and care just as much as children do.
Cats or Dogs, Does it Matter Which?
A child can coexist just as well with a cat as they would with a dog. If you’re feeling tension and stress because you’re wondering if your cat will get along with your child. The best thing to do is to take a deep breath and try to introduce your child slowly to your cat, without forcing anything. It’s ok even if the cat walks away at first.
There is no need to take any drastic action since the coexistence between your cat and baby is not only possible, but it is also recommended.
Of course, having a great transition will depend a lot on the character of your cat. Some cats are friendlier by nature, end up taking care of the baby as if it were their own. On the other hand, some more fearful cats will prefer to stay away from your baby until they realize that your baby is not a threat to them.
There are many stories about how bad a cat can react to the arrival of a baby. However, nothing is further from the truth, most of the time. While it is true that cats are territorial by nature, cats are more prone to bonding or may become attached to the new member of their family.
It is true that, like all coexistence, there are always risks that must be taken into account, but you don’t need to fear that the baby will suffer from any illness due to being with a cat.
A well trained and loving cat will not want to scratch your babies at any time, nor will they want to harm your child. They may want to smell them, become very curious because they are curious by nature, but they will see babies small and helpless, so they will not want to harm them.
Will Your Cat Act Territorial
Some cats can be jealous, territorial, but this will only happen if the animal already had a previous behavioral problem that makes it react in this way, and it is something that you will already know in advance.
People say that cats are unpredictable, but that is not so true; It is very easy to understand when a cat is angry and find out how you can live with them every day.
A Very Good Combination
Taking care of a baby and a pet at the same time can take a significant effort, but it also ends up being very comforting. You get to see incredible bonds forged between your pet and your child. How they grow together and end up loving and valuing each other.
Cats are not as jealous as one might think at first, and most cats have no problem incorporating a new member into their world.
Be more cautious when the baby is already at home, and a new cat enters. Not because it is not going to be a good combination, but because that cat should be medically checked by a veterinarian to ensure that it has no disease that could cause danger to you or your child.
No matter how amazing your cat and baby’s relationship is you should never leave them unsupervised.