Your cat might sulk in nine months, when he learns he's not the baby anymore. But long before your new bundle of joy arrived, he certainly knew that something different was on the way. Animals have keen senses of sight, hearing and smell, and they pick up on changes in body language -- and your growing belly.
It's The Pheromones
Cats are sensitive animals and they can pick up on the pheromones your body produces during pregnancy. Many woman have noticed their furry baby begin to act different as the pregnancy progresses. Some cats become more affectionate toward the expecting mother, or they act less rambunctious than normal.
Each Cat Is Different
Some cats couldn't care less that their owner is expecting a baby. Some even act jealous. However, others are known to curl up next to mom to feel the vibrations of her belly and bask in the warmth. Some cats become more protective of their owners, taking a motherly role themselves. Just make sure to give your cat baby lots of love during the pregnancy to let him know nothing will change.
Stick To The Routine
As your pregnancy progresses, it's important to stay in the same routine with your cat to avoid behavioral problems. If possible, stick to the weekly brushing, daily feeding and play time schedules -- even when life becomes hectic after baby arrives.
If possible, ask a friend or family member to help keep your cat in his routine. If Fluffy keeps his routine, he's likely to be more affectionate even after the pregnancy, which can help with depression and lower blood pressure.
A Jealous Cat
Your cat is probably used to being the only baby in the house. So it's also not uncommon to see a change in his mood after the baby is born. Don't worry, your furry friend is unlikely to act aggressively toward your new bundle of joy. However, it's a good idea to seek help from a veterinarian if his mood becomes too out of the ordinary.
Crystal Owens is the managing editor at a Northern Virginia newspaper with more than 10 years experience in journalism. She has worked as a reporter in Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia, covering various topics from crime to politics to health care. She studied communications at the University of North Florida.