What to do about a naughty cat?

Sammi - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have always known that my cat was a bit of a killer. He attacks me all the time and he has had a go at my nephew before. My nephew is 7 so I there was some provocation, that is how he has survived this long.



Yesterday when I was out of the room (in the loo to be precise) the cat came inside and BIT Ellis on the head. Leaving a scratch on his forehead and a puncture mark on the top of his skull.



NOW i don't know what to do. Should I tak ehim straight to the pound so he can find a new home without any children living in it and cry my eyes out OR do I keep him and just make sure that he is locked outside with no way in whenever the baby is awake??



HELP

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Laurie - posted on 11/30/2009

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That is tough - you don't want to make the choice between your child and you cat (which is pretty close to being your child). I have a dog (Boxer, old with a great personality) and a cat (younger - 2 yrs old and a bit aggressive). My cat likes to torment the dog and I can see that he is unsure about the new rugrat. Because of that I really make sure that he doesn't have the ability to attack Katherine. I let the cat get close to her when I can jump in if I see he is getting annoyed.
I hope you can find a happy medium for your family and don't have to get rid of the kitty! GOOD LUCK!

Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2009

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That is tough !! I feel for you.....we have 2 cats and they don't pay too much attention to our daughter, they are quite old now. But, when I was a baby my mother had a very similar situation that you are going through. Our cat when I was growing up use to try and bite me. My mother got a spray bottle and whenever the cat would try and come close my mother sprayed him. It worked right away !! She said she only had to spray him twice. We also have a baby gate on our daughters room so the cats can't get in.
Hopefully you won't have to get rid of the cat....

Christella - posted on 11/30/2009

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hmmm that is a tough decision to make weather or not to keep a pet. maybe you should find a pet that does well around children. you never know the cat might do it again and it could get worse.

Ashley - posted on 11/28/2009

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Wow...that's a tough one. I always thought that if any of my animals attacked my children, they would be gone. Puncture wounds can be very dangerous, cat's mouths are quite dirty, so if you haven't already, I would speak with a doctor in case antibiotics will be needed.

Personally, that cat would be gone. Especially since (I peeked at your page and saw how old Ellis is) he is a baby. Does Ellis tend to rip out hair or pull on the cat?

If you want to keep him, then yes, unless you are in the room with your son and the cat, you should keep the cat out.

Good luck hon, I kinda know how it is. My in-laws have a dog that has attacked my sister-in-law (he is a lab and ripped her face up pretty bad), and he is still alive. He is not allowed in the house when my son, who is eight months old, is over there.

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Wow...that's awful! We put up a baby gate at the bedroom door before Aurora was even born, because it used to be the cat's (/guest) room, and she hasn't bothered the bedroom while the gate is up. She still sneaks in occasionally when the gate's down, but she's been really good about leaving it alone when it's there. Good luck, I hope you find something that works!

Barb - posted on 11/28/2009

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We have 4 cats. We have put a screen door in the hallway, that way the cats can't go into the bedrooms but we can still keep those rooms warm. As my son is still young I dont leave him in the same room as the cats alone even though they have never attacked him. We also use a spray bottle to spray the cats with water if they are doing something naughty and they soon learn not to do it. Best of luck

Erica - posted on 11/28/2009

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they sell nets that go over cribs: "cozy crib tent" you should search on google. if you love your cat and want to keep him, look into these. they seem great. my cat gets in the crib with the baby sometimes. but he's never been mean. he LOVES LOVES LOVES babies and knows they have wonderful soft blankets in the bed. I wish you luck, i really do. puncture wounds are VERY dangerous because the bacteria live way down at the bottom and are extremely difficult to clean.

Lacy - posted on 11/27/2009

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Biting is different than my situation,my cat scratched my daughter and I just got her declawed and if you are like me you probably love your cat to death, I would just make sure you are around when they are, or make sure the cat is in a different room than the baby.

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