Make the Introduction
You’ll have plenty of guests wanting to meet your new addition. In all the hustle and bustle, remember to set aside some time to introduce baby to kitty.
All interactions should be supervised, and never forced—take cues from your cat and remain calm, advises Parry. “If kitty seems stressed by the baby, allow her to retreat, and make sure her resources are easily accessible to her,” she says. “In most instances, if you go slow and continue to meet kitty’s needs, you will be able to make the interactions work.”
As always, rewards for positive interactions will help move things along. “If your cat shows a positive behavior, be ready with a treat—this is key,” says Enriquez. “If he doesn’t, don’t punish your cat or force him to come to you. Keep trying at different times and reward positive behaviors, regardless of how small they are.”
Above all, enjoy this exciting time with your growing family, and congratulations on the new addition!