How did you introduce your cat and your baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t have a baby, but when FI’s brother had a baby they had two cats and two dogs. They just showed the baby to the animals and let the animals sniff at her and that was that. I don’t think you have anything to worry about! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We brought our little one home a month ago and we have 2 cats.  When we got in the door and had the car seat on the floor, they came right up to her and sniffed her. We didn’t freak, we just watched (they’re sweet cats). For the rest of the night they kept coming up to her in her chair and sniffing her. They’ve started to get protective of her and are fascinated by her 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My BIL and SIL brought our new little niece to stay with us for several days And I was interested in how our two kitties would react. They kind of sniffed her curiously first , watched her from afar, then lost interest. Haha!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

My story is different in that we just adopted a cat and have a 17 mo. old. I do not let the cat in my son’s room, because I keep his door shut at all times whether he is in there sleeping or not. As you mentioned, the crib is the most dangerous place for a cat to be and I also wouldn’t ever have the cat near your baby when you aren’t around, just because you never know…we have a dog and the nurses suggested my husband bringing home one of our son’s hospital hats for our dog to sniff before we brought our son home the next day. Not sure if they advise that for cat’s, too. Basicially it helps introduce the scent ahead of time. Perhaps you can try that? As far as the noise, animals just have to adjust to the baby cries. Our dog would run around while the baby cried the first few days, but then got used to it. And our new cat sometimes runs when my toddler squeals or screams, but she is getting used to it. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@FruitBasket:  Oh, I hope you don’t have to give her to your in-laws temporarily, but as you said the baby comes first. Perhaps it will work out OK. I guess you’ll just have to wait and see how it goes once the little one is here! If the cat seems stressed/unhappy and/or it is too much to manage with a small apartment, at least you do have your in-laws willing to take your kitty! I hope it all works out. 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We are still pregnant, but I have given a lot of thought to this. Our cat is 10 years old and is truly our first “born”. We are going to install a baby gate in the door of the nursery before baby arrives so that our cat gets used to the idea that she is not allowed in that room. I don’t want to risk her getting territorial or upset and marking any of the baby’s things. DH and I also agreed that whoever is not holding the baby will try to give extra attention to the cat, so that she does not associate the baby with negative feelings of lost attention. We let the cat sleep in our room at night, and will likely continue to do so. Otherwise, we are just going to cross our fingers and hope that all goes well and that the cat adjusts to the baby as easily as possible!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Before we brought LO home dh let the kitty sniff a blanket with lo’s scent. When we came home from the hospital, the kitty was snuggled next to the blanket. She will sniff LO every now and again, and has never tried to hurt LO. even at 3 months, we will hold the kitty and LO near each other and tell LO that its her kitty and to be gentle so when she’s older she knows not to be rough. She also thinks the kitty is funny. 

I also let the kitty sit with me and LO. If I’m holding LO I let kitty sit with us so kitty knows she’s still loved and part of the family. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My Cat, Loki, is amazing around children. He’s been around my baby nephews since they were born and he’s so patient with them. He lets my older nephew carry him around like a ragdoll and just hangs there. Lol. If I carried him like that, he would bite the crap out of me. I think the best thing you can do is just supervise the first interactions carefully. If you’re worried about how the kitty will react to crying, maybe you can play baby sounds for a few weeks before you’re due?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Hmm… I was also wondering this, but we don’t plan to introduce him for awhile yet.

When I found out I was pregnant, we moved the cats out to the garage & hubby was put in charge of their litter boxes. Our house is tiny & the “cat room” became the baby room. Our baby is 4 months old & the cats are still in the garage (which btw is attached to our house, so they’re not starving to death & forgotten lol). We still see them everyday, they get fed, etc & it’s a lot easier on us right now because they’re long-haired cats & very high-maintenance with all the fur they leave everywhere, & with a tiny baby who has time to lint roll furniture constantly?!

So yeah, someday they will meet & that will be interesting lol.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

When I do have a baby I will have hubby bring home blankets from the hospital that the baby and I have scented up – to just get use to the smells. I have to have a C-section – so I am sure I will be in a few days – and hopefully the pets with get use to the smells so when we come home its not a shocker.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We live with my FMIL, and FSIL has a 2 month old. Our cat usually hides in the basement when the baby is over at the house. She’ll sniff around a bit and then be like ‘The tiny human has stolen my comfy spot on the couch again. Time to go make a nest in moms favorite fuzzy blanket and take a nap’

I imagine that as long as FI still gives her attention the cat won’t mind a baby. Right now she has claimed him as her own. 

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