Post # 1
Does anyone have experience with having a cat around their newborn. If so, did you do much in advance to prepare your cat for the change?
Our cat normally sleeps in our room and so I was thinking of having him sleep elsewhere now since I doubt I’d want him in our room when the baby arrives and is in the bassinet, plus if I’m exhausted with the new baby I’m going to need a sound sleep and won’t want my cat waking me up!
Anything else you’d suggest?
Post # 3
@RunningGal: we also have a kitty. I would just recommend starting the new sleeping arrangement well before the baby arrives so the cat doesn’t associate the new routine with the baby. Otherwise he may resent the LO.
Post # 4
When I was pregnant, our cat was convinced all the new baby stuff was for him! He loved the crib, he even loved wearing newborn T-shirts. Then the baby came. He sniffed her, but after she wailed a few times, he left her and the crib alone.
Post # 5
We have two cats, and didn’t do anything special. The cats mostly ignored the baby when he was brand new. We just had to push them out of the way when they were about to step right on him once or twice.
The only issue we’ve had so far is that our smaller cat can’t/won’t jump over the baby gates, so he has to choose between staying on the side with his food and litter box, or staying on the side with the people, which irritates him quite a lot.
Personally, I wouldn’t bother trying to make the cat sleep in another room. My experience of that type of thing is that you’ll just end up sleeping worse while your cat yowls and cries and paws at the door, but if you can make it work, go for it.
Post # 6
commenting to follow. i have two very lovable cats but am nervous to have to introduce them to a newborn… still in the TTC phase.
Post # 7
This was one of my biggest worries when I was pregnant as well, but 7.5 months in, we have not had a single problem with our cat and baby. Honestly, the cat pretty much just ignores him. Our cat sleeps with us as well, but he sleeps more soundly than we do, so that was never a worry. I agree that if you are going to change the sleeping arrangement, you should do it soon, so the cat doesn’t associate the two. Though I know that never would have worked with us – he just cries outside the door. We have definitely noticed some changes in his behavior/personality since my son was born – he spends more time by himself during the day but then gets hyper when the baby goes to bed – but nothing negative toward my son at all. If anything, I wish he was MORE interested. My son adores him and gets so excited when he walks into the room, but then he just walks right by him:( Even at 7 months, I can see how disappointed he is that his “brother” didn’t stop to play!
Post # 8
My bestie ended up getting two older kitten brothers a couple months before her daughter was born. Neither were particularly interested in her daughter as a baby, they pretty much entertained themselves. The biggest problem she had was one kitty chewing apart the bottle nipples since they didn’t have a dishwasher and had to leave them to dry on the counter.
They were always gentle with her, never a scratch or bite, even as she grew up and loved on them a little too aggressively. They later added a third kitty to their house and now that she’s 3 and in a toddler bed, he sleeps on her bed with her snuggled up against her. It’s the cutest thing to see, he knows when it’s nap time and will come get her, wait for her to get into bed, and then cuddle up. She has learned how to be gentle and careful, and now that my friend is expecting her second, I expect her daughter to be wonderful, sweet and gentle with her new brother.
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Post # 10
What we did is, made sure our cat did not go into the nursery by shutting the door all the time a few months before little boy was born. Once he came home we just made sure if he was in his room napping the door was closed.
Now days a toddler, he likes to “squish” her or try to lay on her. She tolerates him and just gives us a look like help get this kid off of me…