My cat is jealous of my wife and new daughter??
February 4, 2008 7:46 AM Subscribe
How do we deal with a cat with behavioral problems? It seems the youngest (2 years old) of our three cats is jealous of our 4 month old baby and my wife. I brought this cat into our relationship with her two other cats. The cats after an initial power struggle get along for the most part.....
posted by TwilightKid to pets & animals (21 answers total)
Since we moved into our house back in August, my cat (Scarlett) has shown severe signs of jealousy, peeing on my wife's side of the bed, on her laundry.....and eventually in my suitcase, the night before we were to leave for the hospital to await our first child....
Our daughter was born in September, and all seemed fine except for a few smaller isolated incidents....Moments ago, my wife called me at work, to let me know that Scarlett had jumped into the babies new crib, and proceeded to pee all over the blanket and sheets....
I question the need for attention as we shower our cats with tons of love and toys daily. There cat box's are kept clean (every other day they are cleaned out thoroughly); their food and water are kept fresh as well.
After one of our first incidents, I brought Scarlett to the vet as a precaution. They didnt find anything physically wrong with her. They suggested a product called 'Felaway'. We have tried putting tin foil in the crib to keep the cats out...We have introduced Scarlett to the baby and Scarlett seems unaffected if not flatly ignores her.
We are running out of idea's at this point. We can't keep every door closed at all times. Eventually when the baby is using the crib full time (currently she is in a co-sleeper in our room), we will have to keep the door open.
I don't want to give Scarlett away, but outside of a cat therapist, I'm kind of at a loss....Any idea's?