Cats

Anna - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I recently took in a cat only had him for like 3 days but got rid of him til i have my baby because than i can have one and take allergy medicines without the cat affecting me. I forgot about not changing the litter box yesterday but that was the only time i changed it. How much of a threat is it inhaling the cat liitter. Im pretty i didnt inhale much and like i said i only changed it once since i had the had. Also a lot of people told me that the cat suffocating the baby theory is true what do you think cause i still want a cat later on but maybe a kitten.

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Nicole - posted on 07/10/2010

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The dust may be dangerous but not for the risk of toxo. The only way for it to be transmitted is through ingestion, not inhalation. I do agree to have someone else clean the litter box as well.

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2010

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if you use scoopable litter like i do, when you scoop it it often leaves litter dust in the air which IS dangerous for inhalation during pregnancy. better not to take any risk, big or small, and do as the doctors say and make someone else do it.

Nicole - posted on 07/09/2010

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I know this is a bit late, but.... The issue is not with inhaling of the cat litter but ingestion. As long as you washed your hands thoroughly before eating or putting your hands to your mouth (which seems obvious, I know) there is little risk.
Also cats can only transmit it in the "active" stage of infection, so while there is a risk it is small.

Cassie - posted on 07/05/2010

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we have 2 cats also and have bought a bassinett that has a top that covers and zips up so the whole sleep area is protected from pets that wanna sneek peak and anything else getting into the babys bed. it's not as attractive as the cute bassinets you can buy, but we got it for the purpose of keeping our little bub safe. There are a few baby stores that sell these and cots with the same idea of stopping anything getting into the babies bed too.

Jennifer - posted on 07/03/2010

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It is quite common for babies to die of SIDS and the first one on the scene is dear lil kitty who ends up taking the blame whether or not it's their fault. Despite the horrible rumor, cats NEVER intentionally suffocate babies. However, many cats love to snuggle and if you let them they may climb in the crib to cuddle the baby. If this happens, the baby can suffocate unintentionally as would any baby given a pillow or a stuffed animal in their crib. Your best bet is to keep the door shut to the nursery at all times so the cat is never allowed inside. This is what I do for various reasons (allergies, cat hair everywhere, keep furniture from being ruined, keep kitty out of the crib).

Emily - posted on 07/02/2010

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As far as the suffocation issue goes, I wouldn't make it a reason to not have a cat. We had two cats when our son was born, and they were never a problem. We made sure they were never in his room with him when he was sleeping (kept the door closed). But otherwise, when one of us was holding him they would often cuddle in our laps with him. They seemed to understand that he was more fragile than us, and were very cautious around him. Cats are smart.

Melissa - posted on 05/07/2010

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I've got a cat, i won't go nere the kitty litter, other people do it. My cat snuggles up with me at night so I am most deffinatly worried about her getting in the bassinet. I like the idea of the double sided tape I think I will give that a go, she is a fast learner so fingers crossed.

Erica - posted on 04/25/2010

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Your ob can do a simple test to see if you were affected... because this was a foreign cat and not one you knew prior to being pregnant, I'd suggest you go in to be tested.

Cats do not suffocate babies... the go to snuggle with a warm body. It isn't a malicious thing but the crib was off limits to the cats. Before the baby came, I set the bassinet up but put double sided tape in it to prevent the cats from wanting to get in the bassinet.

Lauren - posted on 04/24/2010

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The chances of your baby getting toxoplasmosis from the litter raises with each trimester being most prone to it in the last trimester. Cats will only get this disease if they eat animals and uncooked meat products, which with a stray cat this is obviously something that could have happened. They secrete the disease through their feces and this can in turn infect you and will infect the child. If you only did it once I don't think it is a big concern. The cat suffocating the baby is for sure a big concern esp since cats will jump in the crib and cuddle up next to the baby. I would wait to get a cat until after the baby is a little older. Although if you are allergic to cats there is a chance that your child could be allergic to cats as well. My mom is deathly allergic to cats and so am I and both of my siblings. It would probably just be best to wait a while and see if your child is allergic before getting a cat again.

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