Post # 1
I’ll be 34 weeks along in a few days and yesterday we put up the crib in our bedroom. It took about 3 seconds and out smallest cat had fallen in love with it. I’ve removed him about 152 times already, but it’s like there’s a magnet at the bottom of the bed pulling him straight back. I’m not sure if this is something I should worry about… Infants shouldn’t be surrounded by soft blankets, but I have a vague feeling that the soft cat will run for the woods once the real owner of the crib is here. So – bee’s with experience of babies and cats, is this a behaviour that I should work against or will it all work out once the little one has arrived?
Post # 2
I would be shutting the baby’s door and keep kicking out the cat. You do not want the cat to form a habit of sleeping in your baby’s crib. I know when my son was a baby we would kick the cat out of his room if she went in there. My son is 3 now, our cat will maybe once in a great while go in his room but she knows his room is off limits to her
Post # 3
I wouldn’t let the cat get the idea that the crib is his or an okay place to hang out. I’d fix that bad habit now before the baby gets here.
Post # 4
Oh. My. God. That is the cutest picture.
I only have experience with cats. And with my guy the more I don’t want him somewhere the more he wants to be there. If I give up and let him he eventually tires of it and moves on a few days later anyways. I doubt it will be a problem unless he gets territorial about it. You could try to remove any objects that help him get in a crib like a chair or dresser he would need to jump on first to get into the crib.
Post # 5
Sassygrn: I would have done that if the baby had it’s own room, but we’re renovating out house (just got it a few months ago) so the crib is in our temporary bedroom and our cats (we have two) have slept with us for their entire lives. The older cat has shown no interest in the crib, just sleeps on “his spot” in our bed – but the little one literally dove for it with love in his eyes.
I realize the simplest solution to the baby/crib problem would be to just close the door to our room (once we’ve attached the door again, it’s off for painting), but then again – we’ll have two very sad cats outside the bedroom door and I already sleep bad enough as it is. Perhaps we could come up with some sort of hard cover over the bed… We did place a sheet + a blanket over it last night as a roof, but small cat pulled it all down and used it to make himself an even comfier spot. Kitty v.s. Eocenia: 1-0
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We set up the pack and play by our bed last week and put aluminum foil in it. Herbie’s jumped in just once (that I know of)- it was in the middle of the night, I heard it and yelled at him to get out (he quickly did.) Since most cats don’t like the texture/noise, it appears to be working.
He’s 17 and has also slept with me his entire life, but a couple months ago we started shutting our door at night. It’s made a big difference in how well we sleep- we’ll let him in for a morning snuggle, but that’s about it. Having a cat AND a newborn share a room with us… I think I would lose my mind.
You really don’t want your kitty to think the crib is an okay place to hang out. Since you’re not going to use the blankets with the baby, why are they there? You might also want to try spraying paper towels with a citrus scent- could be a good non-toxic cat detterant (sp?). If you keep the cats in your room, maybe get his a small snuggly kitty bed instead.
Post # 7
Cory_loves_this_girl: That’s what I’m worried about, that he actually develops a habit of sleeping there… On the other hand, it might just be a temporary thing. Our cats do tend to get excited when new things enter the house.
MinkaGrl01: And with my guy the more I don’t want him somewhere the more he wants to be there.
A hundred times yes, this is how it always works out! That’s why I’m thinking that one approach might be to just let it be like it is for now and that he will relocate when the novelty has worn off. As for removing objects for easy access, had been a great suggestion had he not been 2 years old a master jumper. He just bounces straight into it.
Post # 8
I think you should buy a cat tree. We have two cats and ever since we bought them a cat tree they don’t want to sleep anywhere else. Its a great place for them to scratch, play and sleep. Well, except the radiator in winter 😉
Post # 9
eocenia: I have no kids and no cats, but man he looks so cute and comfy in there!!
Post # 10
He is so cute!!! In the baby/cat interactions I’ve observed, once the baby was in the crib, kitty wanted absolutely zero to do with it. I don’t see any harm in letting the kitty have his fun now. Also, my kitties will fall in love with a certain spot for a couple of weeks and then abruptly decide never to hang out there again, so I think you should be fine.
Post # 11
rebwana: Thanks for the foil suggestion – once he has excited on his own terms I’ll run over and place some in there as a (hopefully) discouraging surprise when he returns! As for the blankets, we placed them over the bed last night as a “roof” hoping that would keep the cats away – but little kitty jumped up anyway, pulling them down with him and then used that to make himself a bed. I’ve removed the wool blanket since then to make things a little less cozy, but that didn’t seem to have any effect what so ever.
MissKota1419: Oh – wonderful suggestion! That might actually do it, I think part of why he likes the crib so much is because it rather high. OK, that will have to be our mission for the weekend – finding a cat tree that’s big enough for both of them to share.
Post # 12
RedHeadKel: And he made the bed himself, so I’m sure that adds to the feeling of satisfaction! 🙂
HannahGrace: This is what I’m really hoping for. Our older cat is very patient with children, loving them to the extent that toddlers can force feed him kibbles… Small cat is super sweet and would only hurt flies, but he doesn’t like high pitch sounds so if we get a loud baby I’m fairly sure he will not only abandon the crib but also the first floor altogether. Which makes me feel all guilty removing him from the crib or even worse, lock him out from the bedroom. I mean, he’s my little furry baby and this transition will be huge for him as it is…
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Just had to say that I love seeing pictures of your gorgeous kitties!!!
Post # 14
I don’t see a problem, chances are the cat won’t want to sleep there once the baby comes. If you do see an issue with the cat once the baby is there, you may just have to shut the cats out.
You could follow PP’s advice and get a cat tree – I’m sure the cat would prefer to be up high!
Or you could always look into a crib tent – I don’t know if there are any issues with safety or not, but I read they can be an option when you have cats.
Post # 15
lolot: Aw, thanks! The problem is that they are too cute and sweet – I’m not used to denying them things and that’s one aspect that I think might be problematic once the baby arrives. Battling feeling guilty…
MrsCallalily: Thank you for the crib tent suggestion! I’ve never heard of that before, but I think that’s an excellent way to deal with this issue! As you say, once the baby is here the cats will probably stay away – but we could still use the tent if my husband’s niece comes to visit. She’s three months old and I have a feeling that her mothers would feel way more secure staying the night if they could borrow it (they don’t have animals, so I think you automatically get more cautious then).