The cohabitation between the cat and the child

Posted on January 02 2019

The cohabitation between the cat and the child

There is no more touching than your baby or toddler cuddling your cat. However, some behaviors may rush your cat that could react accordingly, feeling assaulted or cornered. It is important to understand the baby cat or child-cat relationship from the beginning.

Even before your baby arrives, your cat will feel it. He will know that a being will soon enter his life. In any case, you will have to prepare it. Above all, do not turn away from him to devote yourself to the future arrival of your offspring. On the contrary, redouble attention for your cat, play with it, stroke it. This is the best way to relax and prevent stress.

Between your baby and your cat

When your baby arrives in your home, do not hesitate to have your cat smell your little one. His clothes, enter his room when empty. Your cat must be immersed in this change , this upheaval that could change his behavior, make him more fearful, more frightened. Your cat must get used to the presence of your baby.

You must make presentations , always under your supervision. Your baby may have a scream, a movement that may be displeasing to your pet. You must prevent any potential accident . Unwittingly, your cat could come to choke your baby by landing too close to his head. Pat your cat in the presence of your baby. The first will notice that the latter is not a threat to his personal balance. He will be more inclined to see this habit be taken.

Finally, you must be careful not to question the territory of your animal . The latter must be preserved. Her bowls should not be moved, her litter should not be, her toys should not be accessible. You will have to make sure that your baby does not invade these spaces. The great fear of your cat, besides being neglected, is to feel its territory in danger.

Your baby starts to move

This is surely the most complicated period to manage for you. Before actually getting on his 2 legs, your baby gets on all fours. He moves everywhere in your home. All over ? You must prevent it.

Your priority is to " secure " the space, the territory of your cat. Your child should not dislodge objects from your cat. He must not disturb him when he eats, rests or urinates. He must leave him alone when your cat plays, claws. Your child should avoid your cat's litter, which is not a sandbox.

Your child continues to grow, he grows more and more cries and your cat can become afraid. You will need to find fallback solutions for the latter. This may be thanks to the height spaces for your cat. He will feel less pursued.

Between your child and your cat

Your child is old enough to make him understand many things about your cat:
  • It's not a toy . It should not be treated as such.
  • It should not disturb your cat when it eats, sleeps or urine.
  • He must not slap on your cat, push him or shout at him. This will only upset your cat.
  • You will have to teach your child how to cuddle your cat. The gestures to adopt, the sweetness that goes with it.
  • Learn the different postures of the cat to your child: position of the ears, the tail, the hair bristling or not, the meows.

Your child must avoid certain diseases

Your cat can transmit diseases to humans, and therefore to your child. This is called zoonoses . The best known are toxoplasmosis and cat scratch disease.

  • The disease of the cat's claws, called benign lymphoreticulosis of inoculation , is due to the Bartonella hensalae , a bacterium. The starting point comes from your cat's chips. This disease is transmitted by the scratch of your cat but also by a simple licking on an existing wound. Your child will have their first symptoms about 3 weeks after incubation. His skin may blush, ganglia may appear. No treatment is required. The disease regresses and disappears on its own.
  • The Toxoplasmosis can be developed by your child if he has been in contact with unwashed food contaminated by urine sample from your cat. Cases are quite rare in young children if your cat is not accustomed to hunting or going outside. Your child will have typical symptoms of a cold, with a headache and a little fever. Like cat scratch disease, Toxoplasmosis disappears on its own. Your child is thus immunized for the rest of his life.

The best prevention is the vaccination of your cat, as well as treating it against fleas and ticks. You must teach your child to wash their hands after each contact with your cat.

In summary

The relationship between your baby and your cat, and between your child and your cat is generally good. You must not rush change in your pet. You must continue to care for him, preserve his territory, and always be attentive to the actions of your baby.

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