For so many of us, our furry companions are family. And while our fur babies and human babies can get along swimmingly, there is a definite transition period that can be, at times, taxing. The same can be said for a visiting baby and/or feline friend, which is why I have more than a few rules for your cat around my baby. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), some cats don't adjust well to change. So a crying, curious baby might be a little bit of a shock. As a result, a cat may either run and hide or feel threatened and become aggressive. Pam Johnson-Bennet, author of over 10 bestselling books and a pioneer in cat behavioral consulting, suggests having the owner of the cat(s) prepare the feline before any miniature visitors arrive. That could mean making the cat comfortable in another part of the home, or giving them extra play time and attention with toys, so they don't become jealous or territorial.
No matter how loving some felines are, or how splendidly they may get along with a tiny human being, here are some rules I think everyone should follow that'll make sure all parties stay safe when someone brings a cat around a baby.