Sure, your cat may be unsure about their new sibling but do they hate them? No. Remember, before your bundle of joy came around, your cat was the apple of your eye. This is a huge shift for them and their attitude may reflect this change.
Myth Two: Cats are Dangerous for Your Pregnancy
This one is a big ol’ no. Cats aren’t dangerous for your pregnancy yet it’s essential that you stay far away from that litterbox. The litterbox is full of harmful bacteria and could contain toxoplasmosis.
If possible, move the litterbox to a room that you don’t enter often and ask someone else to take care of its cleaning. You can read more on toxoplasmosis and pregnancy here.
Myth Three: Cats Can Harm Your Crying Baby
Have you heard that if your baby starts crying, your cat will jump into its crib and hurt it? Sure, cats are curious and the sound of a crying baby may make them anxious. However, the likelihood of them actively trying to harm your crying baby is slim.
That being said, it’s never recommended to leave your cat and baby unattended. If you see your cats in the room with your baby, it’s important to stay hands-on.
Myth Four: Cats Steal Your Baby’s Breath
This is probably our favorite myth about cats and babies. Cats don’t “steal” your child’s breath but, like with most things, there is the threat of suffocation. For a newborn, just about everything can be a choking hazard!
Again, if you know your cat is starting to cuddle up to your tot, stay alert and make sure that they don’t get too close.
Myth Five: Cats Aren’t Good Pets for Young Children
Yes, cats can be high maintenance. They can also be the purrrfect companion to your baby. Cats can be low-energy and a less intimidating pet for your child. Unlike doggos (who we love), cats aren’t as likely to bounce around and jump up in excitement.
What Do All These Myths Have in Common?
Cats need their own space. Most of these myths about cats and babies highlight how important it is to create a safe space for your cat.
Introducing a baby to your cat is a huge milestone for your whole furmily. There will be a lot of emotions and a lot of changes. For your cat, they can become quickly overwhelmed and anxious.
With a newborn, your hands will be full but we can’t forget about the furbaby in your life! Setting up a safe space for your cat to retreat to when they’re flooded with feelings will help them settle and feel in control. In this space, we recommend dedicating a room to their food, litterbox, bed, and fur-vorite things.
An added bonus is that when your little one starts crawling, you won’t have to worry too much about baby proofing the litterbox! One less thing to do on your very busy to-do list - fur-tastic!
How Do You Create a Cat-Safe Space?
...without the baby gate and without causing any damage to your doors?
So, you have to give your cat a safe space but baby gates are a handful, and cat doors are destructive. What now?
We hear you, and you can do this without a cat door or baby gate. It’s true!
INTRODUCING DOOR BUDDY
The adjustable door strap that gives your cat back its space and
doesn’t require any tricky installations.
This works purrrfectly if you’re keeping your litterbox and cat food in a separate room in an effort to give your cat some privacy. Your cat's oasis!
No more fiddling with buttons while trying to hold up the gate, and no more destructive pet proofing solutions. The Door Buddy installs in seconds, without any tools, and it’s proudly made in the US.
Our store includes our door strap as well as our combo set. In the combo, you can enjoy the added safety of our foam door stopper. This keeps tails and fingers safe by preventing any slammed doors.