So you’ve just been through one of the most wonderful times in your life — you’ve given labour and your child is finally in your hands. You now get to enjoy both the comfort of a little fur ball in the form of your cat, and another cute little fellow in the form of a newly born child. But there’s a problem. Your cat is starting to act crazy — and is suddenly spraying all over the house.
While you can never know how a cat is going to react to having a new family member, in this blog post I am going to teach you the psychology behind why this happens, and also suggest solutions on how to get rid of it permanently.
I hope you learn something new to make your life as a cat owner lot more comfortable. Enjoy the post!
Your Cat Is Jealous of All the Attention the New Baby is Getting
A crying baby can get on anyone’s nerves. I’m not immune to it to be honest. Can you imagine what it must be for a cat then — who might be used to running the roost all by himself?
Suddenly there’s someone (or something) else soaking up all the attention. This can really make a cat jealous, believe it or not. They’re even more sensitive than us humans and highly perceptive, something not a lot cat owners know.
This is the number one reason as to why cats start to spray when there’s a new baby in the house.
Cats can sense tension from a mile away, and also be highly jealous if they feel like their needs aren’t met somehow. Just like with regular people in real life, cats have personality traits — and jealousy is on of them.
Jealous cats often crave a lot more attention than usual and become very clingy.
Sometimes — they act out.
While this can be extremely frustrating, there are a few steps you can take to stop the jealous behavior. This is crucial in order to be able to free up time for taking care of the newborn baby.
A common reason as to why cats become jealous when a newborn baby enters the home is because time that was used to be spent playing with the cat is now spent on a completely different thing.
Sometimes, really simple things can be triggers for cats. I’m talking about spending a lot more time on your cellphone, in front of your TV, your computer, or your new hobby.
Again, cats are highly sensitive and you need to develop a 6th sense for feeling out your cat or else you’ll be in a world of cat urine (literally speaking).
How to Tell If a Cat Is Jealous Because of a Newborn Baby
This step is really simple.
Cats are very communicative, even if standoffish in general, once they start feeling jealousy.
It’s not uncommon for cats to try to invade your personal space while you’re holding the new born baby. I’m 100% positive that at least 50% of the people who read this post have experienced this at least one time if they’ve recently introduced a new member to the home in the form of a baby.
They may — for example — try to sit on your lap when you’re cuddling with your child.
A really jealous cat can start scratching and biting if it really feels anxious. It may also lead to destructive behavior, including chewing or shredding furniture, curtains, and other items. Objects sitting on a countertop or table, such as a drinking glass or decoration, may be knocked over or broken as well.
Your Cat – Always at the Center of Attention
It’s very common for cats to be the babies of their families given how cute they are. It’s not unusual for a cat to become spoiled if this is the case. This is fine as long as it suits everybody, but problems can arise when a baby is suddenly introduced to the home.
The problems can become extremely harsh if the cat has already matured and is an adult but has had very little — or only negative — experiences of babies or children in general. Particularly during the important kitten socialisation period of between 2-7 weeks.
Most people acquire kittens when they are well past this stage, or just don’t have the possibility to introduce the cat to a baby. Although it’s not impossible to make up for this lack of early experience with children for the cat — try thinking of this well before the baby arrives.
Not All Cats React the Same Way to a New Baby Arriving
This is something to always keep in mind, and depends on things like genetics (breed and parentage as well as species), personality and experience. Sometimes, these things make it impossible for a cat to spend time with babies and young children in general.
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried it with great results, and have also published a review of Cat Spray Stop over here. Good luck!
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