Post # 1
I have two furbabies and am TTC for a, erm, human baby…. 🙂
So, my Mom was over here and she tends to scaremonger about anything. Moms, right..
So we have not told her we are TTC or anything, but she started to go on about how if we had a baby our cats would suffocate the baby etc etc. I found it hugely stressful as I can be pretty anxious already and I am not even pregnant and she is telling me my cats are going to kill my (unborn) baby!
So bees with cats, how did you manage? Did you buy anything to cover and protect your crib from the cats?
FYI My cats go into every room in the house and it would be very difficult to change this behaviour.
Post # 3
This is a good article from the ASPCA regarding such things 🙂 Congrats on TTC, btw, and good for you for looking up this info first – being a former SPCA worker, I saw many poor cats come in with frantic new mothers who had been needlessly terrified by well-meaning relatives.
Post # 4
@Vidya: Thank you! What a great article- you can just tell it was written by a cat-lover 🙂
Post # 5
I had two cats when I had my daughter, No problems at all. My best friend had three kids and 4 cats, never a problem. My niece has 3 boys and 3 cats and never a problem. Where such silly old wives tales come from is beyond me!
Post # 6
@Tatsinda: I love that your image is a cat too! Can I ask, did your cats ever try to get into the crib with your babies? thanks again, already feeling calmer 🙂
Post # 7
Not really, but I would PUT the cats in the playpen with her so they could snuggle together.
Post # 8
I had a cat when I had my son and my grandmother said simular things. Honestly my cat could care less about my son, I’ve never had any problems. He would jump in his crib only if the baby wasn’t in it. Generally my cat doesn’t like sqirmbly loud things so he avoided the baby.
Post # 9
We had five cats in the house when my daughter was born. They thought she was awful and steered clear entirely.
Post # 10
My brother’s cat loves my niece. They are buddies and he follows her through the play tunnel etc. I don’t know what to expect with my cat and the baby. My cat was ferral so she’s a bit on the wild side. She lets me pet her only when she is in her bed. Never let’s anyone else pet her or come near her. So this will be interesting.
Post # 11
cant reply now, but i have 2 cats and am 7 months pregnant, so am curious to come back and read everyone’s replies. so i’m tagging this thread for later!
Post # 12
We have 3 cats and it was never a problem. My cats used to go in every room too, but we put gates at the baby’s room door and at my bedroom door as well so the cats didn’t go in. We did not want them near the playpen. Now that baby is crawling, we have gates at the stairs and keep the cats away from the bedrooms floor altogether.
Honestly two cats don’t like the baby at all and never let him near them even if he would love to pull their hairs – so baby chasing cats he can never get is a great game at our house. The third cat lets him do what he wants and never bites or scratches when the baby hurts him. We always watch closely though and send the cat to another floor if the baby is too rough with him.