How Your Cat Is Affected by Pregnancy and Your New Baby

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There are certain difficulties with pregnancy when you have a cat. However, if you have a little forethought and preparation, you can get beyond all of them and still love your pet. After all, cats, expectant mothers, and young children have all lived together in harmony for many years.

Cats love to snuggle up to warm bodies, and they probably like the fragrance of milk on a baby's breath. Here's more information that'll help ease any other anxieties.

Cat Litter and Toxoplasmosis Concerns

Your cat may get the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. A cat may get the parasite if it consumes infected prey, raw or undercooked meat, or if it comes into touch with contaminated soil. Women who are expecting might think that since toxoplasmosis might result in birth abnormalities in children, they should get rid of their cats.

It's critical to comprehend the illness. You could even already be toxoplasmosis-positive. This is due to the parasite's ability to live on unclean food or in raw or undercooked meats. You could, however, already be immune to the parasite naturally.

Humans with relatively robust immune systems keep the parasites latent, providing lifetime immunity. A pregnant lady won't transmit it to her unborn kid as a result. Your doctor can do a test to check if you fall into this category. If so, there is no need for you to worry about having it while pregnant.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises these extra precautions to assist further protect you against contracting this disease:

  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Don't handle¬†¬†while you are pregnant.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat.
  • Wash all surfaces and utensils that touch raw meat.
  • Wear gloves if you garden or work in soil (the parasite lives in the dirt).

If You Must Change the Litter

If you must handle the trash, adopt the following safety measures. Each time the litter box is used, clean it. Only one to five days after being shed in the cat's feces, the parasite becomes contagious. There is less risk if you scoop the litter box right away after your cat uses it. But always use disposable gloves, and wash your hands well after using them.

Prepare Your Cat to Accept Your New Baby

A baby is an intrusive, noisy, and attention-grabbing object in your cat's eyes. Cats and infants may get along with some preparation. By implementing the adjustment gradually, you can lessen the impact on your cat.

  • Get your cat used to baby smells long before bringing your infant home. Wear baby lotions and powders and let your cat sniff you while offering praise and treats. The process will help your pet develop positive associations with the new scents.
  • Record a baby crying and play it for your cat. Start on a low volume and work up to louder volume and longer duration, using positive attention and rewards.
  • Invite a friend or family member to bring their baby over for visits. Let the baby sit on your lap, let your cat sniff the child while offering praise to your pet at the same time.
  • Let your cat investigate the new nursery. It'll help your cat feel like it's part of the household.

Protect the Baby's Mattress

Make the bassinet or crib uninviting for your cat by placing objects on the mattress that repel your pet before the baby is even born. Place a few coin-filled containers that produce noise, add a tiny rug protector with the nubby side up, or use netting to cover the bed.

Avoid Too Many Changes

As much as you can, maintain your cat's routine. A cat has less stress and avoids a variety of issues when their schedule is predictable. To ensure that your cat is fed, combed, and entertained as normal, enlist the assistance of others.

However, refrain from overdoing it by lavishing your cat with additional, compensatory care before the baby is born. Once your kid comes home, it will be tough to maintain your high level of focus. Instead, seek the aid of family and friends to make your cat feel loved and appreciated. Everyone in your home can contribute to the security, happiness, and harmonious coexistence of your baby and cat.

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