Post # 1
My Fiance and I adopted a gorgeous little kitten a month (ish) ago, he is good natured – and a very quite kitten – I’ve had kittens before and they have always been mental – but Percy (the cat) is very good natured – my Fiance says he’s a natural born church cat.
But I found out yesterday that I am 1 week pregnant – no one knows yet (not even my FI) and I was just wondering about the general feelings about cats and babies – we had a cat when I was little – but when I was 2 or something – not new born.
Post # 3
I don’t think it’ll be a problem! Just make sure to watch how the cat behaves around the baby for a little while until you can predict his behavior. Some cats like to lay on people’s chests, and that’s a no no for babies! But you could actually start to discourage behavior like that now, while he’s still a kitten.
And congrats on the pregnancy!
Post # 4
@Melissabegins: thanks – yeah – sounds like a good plan!
and thank you!!
Post # 5
My brother and his wife have 4 cats and they just had twins. The cats are not allowed in their rooms simply because of cat hair and allergies–but they are allowed to inspect the twins when they are around the house in the kitchen and so on and so forth.
The cats sleep in a separate room, not because they think the cats will smother the baby (that’s an old wives tale) but because they don’t want them to get scratched and they don’t want their cribs covered in cat hair (or worse, cat pee).
So having a cat is fine, just be smart about it, no worries.
Post # 6
my sister has three cats and when she had her kid (now three) there were no problems. She covered the crib with a net so they couldn’t get in but hta was it!
Post # 7
I don’t think it’s a problem but make sure that you don’t clean the litterbox when you are pregnant. There is a chance that you could get toxoplasmosis from the dirty litter.
Post # 8
I have a cat and am currently pregnant, I think I also read somewhere where you should let the cat smell all of the clothes, (after you wash them) blankets, sheets, basically anything baby, etc. so your cat can get used to the smell so you’re not bringing something into the house that’s foreign to her/him…
Post # 9
ahhh that sounds good!! – and congratulations!!
wow – I had no idea about that!! sounds like a great way of getting my Fiance to clean out the littler tray!
Post # 10
Hi, if you have a litter box, you cannot clean it. You have to make your Fiance clean it. There is a bacteria that you can get that will affect the health of your baby. I don’t think that the cat will have issues with the baby. Cats are cool. I live my two cat-babies.
Post # 11
@miss_qween_bee: Wow – our kitten doesn’t use the box very much – he tends to use the garden – but I’ll remember that!! – so NO litter box changing!!
Post # 12
@vicarswifeintraining: Def not, esp since kitty goes outside! That increases the possibility of it having the bad germ.