What would you do with this cat/baby issue?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’ve never heard of giving a cat anti-depressants. We did get Valium for our dog who was terrified of thunder storms and had panic attacks, but I’ve never heard of giving them prozac. Claw covers are squishy plastic tips that you glue on. They last about a week or two. All of our cats have hated them. It’s a huge fight to glue them on. And if they really hate them, they’ll just chew them off. If you can’t give the cat away or make them an outside cat then what about getting a cat cage? You could put the cat up whenever the baby is out of her room. As long as kitty still gets exercise time they should be okay in a cage. They may even feel safer and calm down.

http://www.petco.com/product/112629/Precision-Pet-Kitty-Condo.aspx

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

If the choice is the cat or your baby’s safety, I think you know what the answer is…

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

we have to cats and im due in december. we are hoping to declaw them by then for this exact reason. i understand you guys find it inhumane.. but realistically there is nothing you can do to control that cat not scratching your child other then declawing, or getting rid of it. those are your only to options that are 100% for sure. this time may have been innocent, next time might not. and i love my cats. SO very much. my FI and I got them together and I would HATE to get rid of them. but we have already discussed this and my FI has NO tollerance for animals harming our child. and should it come down to it we would rehome them. your husband may have to get over it if he doesnt want the cat to be an outdoor. but you know the cats going to a good home… shouldnt that be better?

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@newlynesting:  Any of the options which physically keeps cat away: lock him away, outside cat, or give him away. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that your DH refuses some of these options. I can only think it’s because he’s at work in the day and doesn’t realise how much effort it is for you to watch the cat.

I agree that disciplining/training an 11 month old isn’t an option.

If DH doesn’t get onboard, I would put the cat outside (or in another room) during the day anyway, without telling DH. Baby’s safety comes ahead of DH’s attachment to the cat.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes, soft claws or kitty caps absolutely work. I’ve used them with both of my cats with lots of success. 

As for toxoplsamosis, just don’t handle the cats’ litter and have your DH wash his hands immediately after scooping. Animals are not disposable, so I disagree with advising to get rid of cats because of a pregnancy. There are more responsible options. 

ETA: just saw your update, it’s great to see that you and your DH are so informed and prepared.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Well cats sleep like 16 hours a day so I think they’d be fine confined to a bedroom as long as they have food, water, and a litter box.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@NotTheDoctor:  if you don’t change the litter its fine. my doctor and pretty much every doctor will tell you that. and of course clean your hands before you eat. toxoplasm comes from dead animals and raw meat.. you have a higher chance of catching it handling dead meat. i have two cats and my FI  changes the litter. they do not go outside  EVER we have an appartment they are strictly inside were on the second floor, so the chance of them even coming in contact with dead things to eat is SO rare. not all cat feces has the toxins. and it also is in dog fecal for that matter.

babycenter is not an educational site by professional

 

how cats get infected… it specifically says in here as a pregnant mother you can even still handle the litter box by using gloves and changing it twice a day as well as other steps to take to eliminate the possibility of toxoplasms.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/toxoplasmosis.aspx

 

http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/pregnant.htm

 

ugh uneducated remarks like that just boil my blood.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

in your situation I would definitely try declawing the cat if FI isn’t willing to give him up. Yes some think it’s inhumane…I’m undecided because would you rather declaw a cat and have it go to a good home (or in your case STAY in its home) or not declaw it and have it given up, given to a shelter, or put down? We wouldn’t get a cat if it wasn’t declawed. I’d personally rather rescue one or two someday than not ever have any due to being inhumane.

It’s better than giving him up right?

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