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Can cats and babies mix? Here are some ideas for maintaining friendly baby and pet relations during the crawling stage.
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Your little crawler has suddenly taken a new interest in the cat – but your independent kitty would rather be left alone, thank you. Here are some suggestions for keeping the peace before something scratchy goes down.

Always supervise. Make it clear that playing with the cat’s tail or other parts is a no-no, and never leave your cat and your baby together unsupervised.

Protect food and litter. Keep your baby away from your cat’s water and food, and put the litter box somewhere the cat can reach but the baby can’t.

Make an escape hatch. Make sure your cat has places where it can escape. Try installing a baby gate to close off a private area, like a basement room, so your cat can retreat.

Rearrange furniture. Give your cat her own chair pushed against a wall so she can retreat from the baby either by perching on its back or by hiding underneath it.

Monitor vermin. Don’t forget to have your cat checked for worms and to give her regular, nontoxic flea and tick treatments. Wipe down eating surfaces if your cat walks across them, and remember to keep the litter box covered when not in use to prevent transmission of parasites from cat to child.

Treat bites and scratches. Cat scratches can be especially prone to infection because of the way a cat’s germy claws can hook into skin. Wash any bites or scratches with salt water, and report any scratches to your pediatrician that show signs of infection or don’t heal in a few days.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 4reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 We are thinking about getting a cat shortly so this article helps us think of the extra things we will need to do with our new family member... July 31, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Cats, just like dogs, can be a great help during the first few months. When we brought our daughter home our cat wanted nothing to do with that jiggly thing in the crib, not too long after that however she became the nurse maid. If the baby would cry too long I would get a warning scratch, then a bite if I wasn't moving fast enough. She sleeps outside her door and will put up with any behavior from our little one (being picked up by the tail "Kitty!"). I couldn't imagine our house without our Maully and neither could our little girl!! October 28, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Oh boy, I'm definitely not looking forward to this stage! hehe ;) September 27, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I have three older children that always undo every safety precaution I try to implement. I ended up putting the litter box into the bathroom behind the door. This way the door blocks it from my baby's view. In other words "out of sight, out of mind." September 1, 2011
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