Before the baby arrives, acclimate your cat to baby-related items and sounds to minimize stress during the introduction.
Rub a cloth on the baby's skin and let your cat smell it. Repeat the process, allowing your cat to associate the baby's scent positively.
Always supervise interactions between your cat and baby. Gradually increase the time spent together as your cat adjusts.
Reward your cat with treats and affection when they display calm and positive behavior around the baby. Positive reinforcement works wonders.
Provide safe spaces for your cat to retreat to when they need some alone time away from the baby's noise and activity.
Establish boundaries to keep the baby and cat interactions safe. Teach the baby gentle petting and respect for the cat's space.
Stick to your cat's daily routines to provide stability and reduce anxiety during the adjustment period with the baby.