Our little bump (only 8 weeks to go now, eeek!) has two older brothers, and I thought it was about time to talk about them in my blog 🙂
They are my two not-so-little fur babies, Hendrix and Gilmour! (named after me and my husbands love of rock music).
Now these two are THE most spoilt cats in the world – we got them as kittens, promising ourselves that we would be strict by not letting them in the bedroom etc etc. That lasted about 2 days before the meowing outside the door was too much to bear – and now, three and a bit years later, they DEFINITELY own the house. Every room has a cat scratch post, or a cat tree from floor to ceiling, or something else cat related!
From when we got pregnant, we’ve been discussing how to help them “adjust” to their new lifestyle when their little brother joins us. I did a load of research, and have been preparing them – some bits have gone better than others!
Research tip no 1 – Buy things early so that the cats get used to different furniture and can scent mark it before baby arrives. Status: 7/10 – yes we bought things earlier (that was the reason, not my over excited-ness! (ahem). The boys took their time to investigate these new items, however they have now decided that bassinet, crib and pushchair are perfect sleeping places and EVERYTHING is ingrained in cat hair. I now need to work out how to get them more uncomfortable with the stuff!
Research tip no 2 – Get them used to not being with me for cuddles as I will have other things to do! Status: 1/10 – they are so cuddly! I think we even deserve minus marks for this one as before I got pregnant, each cat definitely had a preference – one for me, one for my husband. Now both come to me for cuddles as I’m the one who moves about less… ooops!
Research tip no 3 – Get them used to baby noises by playing baby sounds. Status: 5/10 – mainly because when I play baby sounds off youtube they are just not bothered. An ear twitches and then thats it. I think they might react slightly differently when there is a real screaming baby in the house… My husband gets more annoyed about the baby noises than the cats, and has shouted at me to turn that bl**dy racket off!
Research tip no 4 – Establish a routine that you can keep up when baby arrives. Status: 8/10 – more or less done! Play time is established, although the backlash is that when we’re the slightest bit late for play time one of the cats starts meowing REALLY loudly until we play with him – hey I’ve made a cat alarm clock!
Research tip no 5 – Wear baby lotion and other products that you’ll use when baby arrives to make them get used to the smell. Status: 0/10 – oops… well, still 8 weeks to go!
I’ve heard some horror stories about people having to get rid of their cats – mainly due to the cats weeing on beds and laundry or becoming really stressed out. I have my fingers crossed that we’ll be OK – I can’t imagine even considering having to get rid of my little fur men!
If anyone else has any tips please let me know! xxx