|I have heard stories about the family cat smothering a baby.
Is this just an urban legend?
Cats also feel the changes that the new baby brings and
can also display jealousy. They are much more difficult
to train than a dog. However the problem is more that a
cat loves something warm to snuggle up to and what better
than a lovely snug baby. In extremely rare occasions cats
have smothered babies in this way. For this reason you need
to be alert when the baby is asleep and make sure the cat
does not go into the baby’s room. If this proves impossible
there are very efficient nets on the market which make it
pretty much impossible for the cat to get into the cot.
Just as the dog requires reassurance that he is still loved,
it is important not to completely sideline the cat. Make
sure that you make a little time to give the cat attention,
or ask your partner to be extra kind to the cat. The bit
of reassurance may be all that’s required for everyone
to settle down to the new family!