The Cat

Janessa - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )




I'm due any day now, my last remaining concern before baby comes is the reaction my cat's going to have..any experience/tips/advice???

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Karmen - posted on 08/08/2009




yeah how long have u had the cat for? and the cat will sit on the baby watever u do to stop it it will still happen.

Kim - posted on 08/06/2009




i really thought my cat was gonna be good with the baby because at the end of my pregnancy she would lay on my belly and purr... but when i took my son home she started peeing on all of his things and before that she never ever peed anywhere but in her box and she would go in the laundry room and pull his clothes out to pee on them. When ever she saw him she would hiss at him so i had to give her away :( ... My advice would be to play it by war my cat was spoiled and use to all my attention and did nt like not being the baby anymore but i know plenty of people whos cats didnt care either way!! Just dont expect anything and just she how it goes!!

Toni - posted on 08/06/2009




my cat shows no interest in my 2 month old.. and never has.. unless he cries.. then he comes over but walks away.. so ive had no issues!

Vicki - posted on 08/06/2009




LOL I have to laugh at everyone saying to keep the cat away from the baby.

The cat will be curious and needs to see what this little creature is all about. And guess what? Cats DON"T hurt babies. He's not going to immediately attack it. He probably won't ever, maybe a warning growl when the tail-pulling stage begins, but c'mon. Really.

My cat was upset that I brought home a baby. He had been all over me, worried, that night I went into labour. Then I disappeared, and came back with this... baby. He ignored me for weeks. He would get my mom, who was staying with me, to feed him in the mornings. It took a month or so before he would talk to me again.

My son is seven months now and he laughs and smiles whenever he sees the cat. The cat gives him a lot of space. He doesn't usually go near, unless he is nursing (just to see) or sleeping. My cat is not a big cuddler or a lap cat, but there are times that he will sleep near the baby. On the couch or in the crib. He'll choose the end opposite my son to lay down. There have been NO problems.

Lisa - posted on 08/06/2009




I was worried about my cats too. I'm very close to them and was worried they would get jealous. My baby is now 7 weeks old, and the cats were pretty freaked out the first week or so from her crying (they have never been around infants or children before, so I can't even imagine what they thought of the noise she makes!) but now they don't react, even when she's having a full-blown tantrum.

Other than that they have completely ignored her. I think because she does not smell like much, she's not very interesting to them. Even when I try holding her out to them, they just walk away. While I'm sure they are missing the attention, they are not acting badly towards baby at all. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 08/06/2009




I had a cat when my son was born, and they really didn't bother each other. I even have cute pictures of them hanging out together. I just didn't let the cat sleep where the baby was sleeping, but that's common sense!

Amber - posted on 08/06/2009




My cat doesn't really bother with the baby. When we brought our baby home that cat didn't really go near the baby unless my husband or I were holding her. My baby is a little over 4 months now and the cat really only goes near her when I am holding her, and she will just sit with us in the chair and doesn't really bother the baby.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/06/2009




we had two cats when i had my son. they both have very different personalities. then one older cat just generally stayed away (she was more my cat than the other cat was, so i think she was upset with me lol) and the second cat was very curious, but wouldn't go too near. i'd say it took about a year for them to both fully adjust. but by the end of that year, the second cat LOVED my son and would sleep with him all the time, all curled up around each other. it was very cute :) she actually started sleeping on my son at around when he was around 1.5, and if i tried to move her he would wake up and wouldn't go back to sleep until the cat was back lol. (don't worry, we all shared a bed)

Georgina - posted on 08/06/2009




my baby is now 3 weeks old and the cat was abit unsure of the baby at first but after a week or so has been fine with her, she will sniff her sometimes but mostly ignores her. i think its important to keep a eye on ur cat but remember there a memeber of the family too so dont leave them out or they might then become jelous. im a veterinary nurse and have never heard of a cat hurting a baby, only once a child gets older and starts chasing and pulling at the cat, but do also think its important to keep a eye on ur cat, n see for urself how he reacts as all animals are different.

Laura - posted on 08/06/2009




My cat was jealous, because she used to be mommy's cat and now the baby was taking all my time, and my lap. She was a bit put out when we brought home "that noisy thing", but she just started hiding more. I did try to spend some time each day with her, petting and rubbing and playing, so that she would be okay. The baby is 5 months now and just starting to show an interest in the cat, watching her move and grabbing the tail. He's only been scratched once, when he grabbed a chunk of fur. We are working on the "be nice to the cat" instructions.

Diane - posted on 08/06/2009




We have 2 cats and never had a problem. When I had my first baby I would worry that one of the cats would smother her. My cat did manage to get into her room a couple of times without us knowing. She cuddled her and that was it. My daughter is almost 3 and that cat still tries to get into her room to sleep with her. My other cat would come and get me whenever she cried. Since I had my second baby, the cats have learned that whenever I bring home a small cuddly pink thing that it doesn't take long for it to turn into a loud minature person that chases them endlessly. I really wouldn't worry to much. Just keep an eye on your cat's reaction and keep the door closed to whatever room the baby is sleeping in. There's a good chance that you cat won't even show any interest past the first sniff.

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My cat was just fine with both of our kids. He is more scared of them then anything. I think he also scared that I would break his neck if he hurt either kid. My daughter is 25 months and my son is 3 months and he has never ever tried anything with either. He is a little frustrated lately with my daughter but that's because the cat has been her 'play toy' lately. He hid the first week we brought them home. I would just watch him for a while, and make sure that nothing weird is going on. Or just put the fear of God in him that you will kill him if he hurts your baby. - I would be more worried about a dog. Good Luck.

Candice - posted on 08/06/2009




i was terrified of my cat too. they sell netting you can put over a crib or bassinette. it was enough to deter the cat from stepping a foot in there. the baby is now the cat's best friend. he never tries to go near her when she's sleeping. i think he thinks he's her big brother and tries to protect her. even tries to play with her and cuddle her when she's awake. depends on the cat's temperment i guess.

Kylie - posted on 08/05/2009




My cat was afraid of the baby and kept well away from took him about a year to be comfortable with the new edition to the house. He has never been allowed to jump up on benches, he goes to the toilet outside and has his own little places he likes to sleep so we never had any issues with him getting in the cot or pram or trying to sit on the baby. cats are naturally curious and it will depend on your cats temperament how it reacts to the baby. My second child who is 8 months now loves our cat..and the cat is very tolerant of his squealing and grabbing at him. Make sure you cat is wormed and just give your kitty time to adjust, most cats hate changes to their environment.

Lynlee - posted on 08/05/2009




agree with deanna - make sure the cat is shut in a different room at night so it is not possible for him to go into baby's or your room where baby is. Our cat had some issues when our son was born - he doesnt like strangers and would get all scared when he saw him - he also had an accident in the dining room just from the stress i guess but gradually he adjusted and now they love each other.

Deanna - posted on 08/05/2009




Keep the cat away from the baby the cat can smother a baby when it sleeps.

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