hi i am pregnant and i have a cat should i get rid of it

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Anna-Marie - posted on 05/23/2009

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Oh I forgot - I am in New Zealand so our animals do not get all the diseases that overseas countries do ... That of course may affect your decision on what to do :)

Anna-Marie - posted on 05/23/2009

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Hello Samantha! Congrats on your pregnancy!! We have three cats and a dog! Our cats go toilet outside (but we have a big yard). When I first bought Liam home from the maternity unit, I let them all have a sniff of the new baby. Apparently they smell just like their mums! Also, before baby comes it is a good idea to have the nursery all set up. I put tin foil in the cot and bassinet so when the curiosity of the cats got the better of them - when they jumped in they got a hell of a fright and never went back (only one went back for seconds - he is a glutton for punishment) but he learned after that that they were a horrible place to go. I also ensure all cats are out of babies room while he is sleeping and I always have his monitor with me. You just need to prepare - no reason to get rid of the family pet - the cat and the baby may be great friends one day!

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Sarah - posted on 05/23/2009

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If your cat is as friendly as mine... then do not get rid of it. My little one absolutely loves my cat. He's 6 months old now and when the cat walks by him he smiles like crazy and gets all excited. I love his reaction. And yes... if you have some one to clean the box thats great, if not. I recommend wearing gloves and cover your face while your scooping. Good luck!

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i had 3 cats whilst i was pregnant, but i got rid of them because i was moving and when the baby was born i tripped over themale cat i had he was huge.
when i got rid of them it broke my heart but if i'd had had bub in my arms when i tripped the cat would have been kicked through the window, also whilst i was pregnant two of the cats slept snuggled upto my stomach and bub even kicked them they just looked at me and went back to sleep. But the smallest cat i had got jelous of bub and started to lick all the fur off her tail.

Veronica - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Leslie:

I have owned cats all my life. I was fully convinced I would keep them after the baby. When she was about 3 months old, I got pretty sick. Seemed like the flu. Except one day I realized my vision in one eye was grayed out. I went to my PCP and he still thought it was the flu. Went to to eye doctors and finally found out I have "cat scratch disease". My cats don't have claws so they didn't scratch me. I learned that just them cleaning their fur the disease lays on their fur and rubs off.

I found my cats new homes. The risk is too high for my baby. I also felt that the cats using a litter box and then walking on the floor where my baby will be crawling was too dirty for me. 6 months later and my vision is still not back completely.



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Veronica - posted on 05/23/2009

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I guess that is totally up to you. Normally cats aren't a bother, but Ive been told several times to not change the litter box while pregnant - i get the odors/toxins in the cats 'bathroom' stuff can cause issues with pregnancy -- then you need to pay attention also to how the cat is when the little arrives -- if the cat is fine - i dont see why you couldnt keep it - if it causes major catastrophies than i would! (as far as teh litter thing - have someone else do it while you are pg.)

Becky - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Anneke:



Quoting Nicole:

You dont have to get rid of your cat, you just cannot clean the litter box at all!!! Cats have a parasite in their urine that whild is not harmful to you or a baby. It is harmful to a fetus in the womb. Also when baby arrives be sure to let cat sniff it out and not get uptight when the cat does. the cat can become resentful to the baby. keep the cat away from baby while they are asleep.





I agree, you do not have to get rid of your cat.  It's up to you though if you do.  As for "Also when baby arrives be sure to let cat sniff it out and not get uptight when the cat does. the cat can become resentful to the baby."  You can also send home a blanket or clothes that has baby's smell on it before baby actually comes home.  This way, your kitty will learn the smell of the new family member.





This is exactey what we did.. sent one of his Blankets home bfore we came home with the baby so the cats both knew the smell

Becky - posted on 05/23/2009

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I had two cats Before i had my son and Never had any problems with them once my son came home... My fiance had to clean the litter box while i was pregnant but other than that no issues.. one of our cats was a little jeouse at first.. But once we Had him come with us when he cried He was like oh ok.. this is just another person .. and never had a problem even now that my son is 15 months old.. he likes to pet the cats.. and They love the attention.. he is really really good and nice to animals we are lucky

Dini - posted on 05/23/2009

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congratulations for the pregnant!, bout the cat, u don't have to get rid of it, i agree with the others. as long as everything's clean, it's ok. don't forget to wash your hands after having contact with the cat, and watch out for the cat's fur. :)

Charlene - posted on 05/11/2009

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it depends on ya cat i had a cat nd she was rele hyper so we got rid of her they say cats r full of germs and theey sit on the baies face ecause of the smell of the milk. but my sister lives with me mam when she had her baby there cat was ok she not keen of going near the children as she is old and sleeps all the time and she never goes out side so she never gets flees or can pass anythinng on to the baby. i hope i haved helped and congrats on your lil one.

Liana - posted on 05/11/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Liana:




Quoting Kate:





Quoting Liana:

... Make sure the cats have been wormed and de flead always wash your hands after handling them and you'll be fine I have 2 cats (well 6 now one had kittens today)...









This is why you should spay and/or neuter your pets. 













Who says we didn't want the kittens? We always intended to let her have a litter before getting her spayed and we plan to keep one of the kittens then each child will have a pet cat each. my older 2 love having cats and the cats never bother with the baby. Its a great pet for kids.









This is *way* off the topic of the original post but I'm just going to do my little schtick and then let it go. Here we go:






There are already too many pets out there in the world. Animals, including cats and cute little kittens, are put to death every day in shelters because some body didn't/wouldn't spay or neuter. And don't think that the deaths these animals face is kind and peaceful. Many shelters still use gas and do mass euthanasia. The carcasses are then either sold to the highest bidder to be rendered into some sort of animal feed (not kidding or exagerating) or dumped into a crematory. The ashes are then usually buried in a mass grave/pit. I know this first hand because I used to be a shelter worker and I've been in rescue for years. 






So, are cats great pets? Absolutely! Are kittens cute? Well, of course. Do we need every body and their brother having litters because they wanted more cats? No. If you want another cat go to the shelter and adopt one. Spay and neuter your pets-it saves lives.






Okay, I'm done and I'm climbing off my soapbox. If any one wants to discuss this issue further feel free to start a thread or something so the nice lady who started THIS ONE can continue to read helpful comments. :)






Look you are entitled to your opinion and I'm entitled to mine letting her have kittens had nothing to do with how cute they are I personally felt that it would be cruel to have her spayed before she had a litter.  I spent years believing I couldn't have kids and to take away the right to be a mother away from another living creature just seemed wrong.



My first cat was a stray she chose to move in with us and within a few weeks had kittens we kept one, the one who has just had kittens, and we found loving homes for the rest.  These kittens are only a few days old and already I have found loving homes for them with people who didn't want to get a cat from a home.  I had the first cat spayed after she had her litter and we will have this one done as well.



You could use your argument to say no one should have kids cus there are so many in the care system and so everyone should adopt at the end of the day it's about personal choice and respecting other peoples decisions.



My origional point was that despite having so many cats in the house we have never had a problem with them doing things to the kids if anything we have to protect the cats from over enthusiastic kids. 



If you have anything else to say to me about it then just message me so we aren't hyjacking this post :)

Kate CP - posted on 05/10/2009

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Quoting Liana:



Quoting Kate:




Quoting Liana:

... Make sure the cats have been wormed and de flead always wash your hands after handling them and you'll be fine I have 2 cats (well 6 now one had kittens today)...







This is why you should spay and/or neuter your pets. 










Who says we didn't want the kittens? We always intended to let her have a litter before getting her spayed and we plan to keep one of the kittens then each child will have a pet cat each. my older 2 love having cats and the cats never bother with the baby. Its a great pet for kids.





This is *way* off the topic of the original post but I'm just going to do my little schtick and then let it go. Here we go:



There are already too many pets out there in the world. Animals, including cats and cute little kittens, are put to death every day in shelters because some body didn't/wouldn't spay or neuter. And don't think that the deaths these animals face is kind and peaceful. Many shelters still use gas and do mass euthanasia. The carcasses are then either sold to the highest bidder to be rendered into some sort of animal feed (not kidding or exagerating) or dumped into a crematory. The ashes are then usually buried in a mass grave/pit. I know this first hand because I used to be a shelter worker and I've been in rescue for years. 



So, are cats great pets? Absolutely! Are kittens cute? Well, of course. Do we need every body and their brother having litters because they wanted more cats? No. If you want another cat go to the shelter and adopt one. Spay and neuter your pets-it saves lives.



Okay, I'm done and I'm climbing off my soapbox. If any one wants to discuss this issue further feel free to start a thread or something so the nice lady who started THIS ONE can continue to read helpful comments. :)

Kate CP - posted on 05/10/2009

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Quoting Liana:



Quoting Kate:




Quoting Liana:

... Make sure the cats have been wormed and de flead always wash your hands after handling them and you'll be fine I have 2 cats (well 6 now one had kittens today)...







This is why you should spay and/or neuter your pets. 










Who says we didn't want the kittens? We always intended to let her have a litter before getting her spayed and we plan to keep one of the kittens then each child will have a pet cat each. my older 2 love having cats and the cats never bother with the baby. Its a great pet for kids.





This is *way* off the topic of the original post but I'm just going to do my little schtick and then let it go. Here we go:



There are already too many pets out there in the world. Animals, including cats and cute little kittens, are put to death every day in shelters because some body didn't/wouldn't spay or neuter. And don't think that the deaths these animals face is kind and peaceful. Many shelters still use gas and do mass euthanasia. The carcasses are then either sold to the highest bidder to be rendered into some sort of animal feed (not kidding or exagerating) or dumped into a crematory. The ashes are then usually buried in a mass grave/pit. I know this first hand because I used to be a shelter worker and I've been in rescue for years. 



So, are cats great pets? Absolutely! Are kittens cute? Well, of course. Do we need every body and their brother having litters because they wanted more cats? No. If you want another cat go to the shelter and adopt one. Spay and neuter your pets-it saves lives.



Okay, I'm done and I'm climbing off my soapbox. If any one wants to discuss this issue further feel free to start a thread or something so the nice lady who started THIS ONE can continue to read helpful comments. :)

Lucy - posted on 05/09/2009

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My cat was a pain when my friend came round with her little boy but she's been fab with my baby! At first she was really jealous and didn't like it when the baby cried but now she's absolutely fine. She did try and jump up when I was nursing my little girl a few times at first but I firmly told her NO and now she doesn't try. So long as you don't leave your cat alone in a room with the baby you'll be fine i'm sure!

Amanda - posted on 05/09/2009

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I have a cat, and for the first couple of months he wouldnt even come near the baby, but now he wont leave her alone. I just make sure that he doesn't get into her room when shes sleeping..just as a precaution!

Melissa - posted on 05/09/2009

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Having cats in the house is actually good for babies. It was in a recent, within the last year, issue of Today's Parent that children who are exposed to cat's prior to one year are less likely to develop an allergy. If you're concerned about the cat getting in the babies crib, like I was, you can buy a crib tent that encloses the crib and prevents the cat from getting in. Worked great and gave me peace of mind. Also cat's licking the babies mouth to get milk is a COMPLETE MYTH!!!

Mel - posted on 05/09/2009

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i dont think anyone has the right to tell you to get your cat fixed. my mums been pressuring us for ages but ours is an inside cat and i dont like the idea of them bein cut open...anyway we gave in and got it done last week but to those people who dont want to get thier cats fixed thats thier choice as llong as they are willing to do the right thign by the kittens and make sure they get nice loving homes

Liana - posted on 05/09/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Liana:

... Make sure the cats have been wormed and de flead always wash your hands after handling them and you'll be fine I have 2 cats (well 6 now one had kittens today)...





This is why you should spay and/or neuter your pets. 






Who says we didn't want the kittens? We always intended to let her have a litter before getting her spayed and we plan to keep one of the kittens then each child will have a pet cat each. my older 2 love having cats and the cats never bother with the baby. Its a great pet for kids.

Pamela - posted on 05/08/2009

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I had three cats now just two. And they could care less about Audrey. I kept her door closed at night so the cats won't in there bothering her. Now they run when they see her cause she's walking now. Never ever changed the litter still don't. I don't want them any more. trying to take care of her and everything i don't really have time for them and thats sad. Andy pets them every chance he gets he also changes the litter. but yeah I don't see your cat/cats doing anything to the new baby congrats by the way

Kelli - posted on 05/08/2009

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Oh you don't have to get rid of the cat. Some of the comments i read were kind of silly. The only important thing is to have someone else clean the littler box and if you have do go and buy throw away latex gloves and a mask thats what i did, sometimes people like to get a little paranoid. I asked my doctor about the cat thing and he told me that the only cats that are to be considered to stay away from or be careful around are cats that are always outside because of what they eat. He knew my cat stayed strictly indoors and said the only thing i had to be aware of was not their feces but actually their littler. He said the dust it creates is more harmful. And for being around a baby just make sure that you don't allow the cat in at all in the baby's room even before the baby is born. The cat will get used to staying out of it and won't go in as often. I have a cat and always have had cats and have never had a problem. If your cat is an outside cat just remember that if they eat anything from outside and you pet it or it licks you to wash your hands. Don't let others make you paranoid there are others worst things out there then cats.

Kate CP - posted on 05/08/2009

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Quoting Liana:

... Make sure the cats have been wormed and de flead always wash your hands after handling them and you'll be fine I have 2 cats (well 6 now one had kittens today)...


This is why you should spay and/or neuter your pets. 

Liana - posted on 05/08/2009

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Who says you need to get rid of it? You cant change the cat litter but I'm sure that wont be a hardship :) Make sure the cats have been wormed and de flead always wash your hands after handling them and you'll be fine I have 2 cats (well 6 now one had kittens today) I have a 3 week old baby a 4year old and a 5 year old so long as you keep things clean don't worry about it.

Jessica - posted on 05/07/2009

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I just have to say...the whole cat smothering the baby thing because it wants the milk is a WIVES TAIL. Yes, kitties LOVE to cuddle therefore being a hazard to the little ones, so keep the kitty out of the babies room. And make sure you dont leave baby unattended while kitty is around. But the milk thing? HUB-BUB. Keep the kitty. like everyone else said, just have someone else clean the litter box....

Sarah And Ben - posted on 05/07/2009

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You do not necc have to get rid of your cat...i was a vet nurse and we just reminded ppl to perhaps while pregnant wear gloves while changing litter or better yet get other half to do it :)

There are toxins in the feces that can cause toxoplasmosis, which can cause blindness in your baby ..if i remember correctly.......

Vanessa - posted on 05/07/2009

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congrats on your pregnancy, and i have 2 cats both desexed fully facinated and i would not once have 2nd thoughts of getting rid of my babies, i was aware on the risk so we did everything to make my daughter safe.. her door is always shut, we never left her unattended while she was around the cats there are ways you can compromise now my daughter is 9 months she loves the cats and the cats love her they will go up to her for her to rip there hair out lol.. and they just let it happen, never once have they gone to attack... i say if you really love your cat and they are fully vaccinated then you can work around safety and hygiene.. best of luck with you decission

Amanda - posted on 05/07/2009

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Definitely keep the cat.....my son is now 61/2 mos old and absolutely loves our cat. He's fascinated with her. Just make sure the cat stays out of the room where baby sleeps and keep the litter box out of baby's reach. The cat will be a wonderful playmate for baby.

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Andrea - posted on 05/07/2009

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You should keep your cat. At least give her time to adjust to your child. We had 3 cats when our daughter was born and now we only have 2. One of which was a total loner and never wanted to be held or touched. Since the birth of our daughter that cat is always attached to our daughter. They do everything together.



In the end, it all depends on how you treat your animals. If you treat them well, they will behave well. As a mother and a pet owner I think that having animals around kids is a wonderful experience for kids. My daughter loves both cats and our dogs as well and the animals all are very good to her as well.

Melanie - posted on 05/07/2009

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I have two cats and I cleaned the litter box throughout my whole pregnancy, i wore a mask and glove, although my doctor told me not to worry about toxoplasmosis, the toxin you can get from cats. Absolutely keep your cat, only get rid of it if your baby happens to be allergic. Also all the myths about cats smothering babies and trying to eat their milk are just that MYTHS. My cats love my son, it depends on their temperament.

Aubrey - posted on 05/07/2009

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Everyone else seems right. Just don't clean the litterbox. I had 2 cats when I was pregnant...both times. My kids turned out fine. I wouldn't worry too much. If anything, use the pregnancy as an excuse. LOL

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2009

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I wouldn't get rid of the cat. We kept ours (half Bengal, half whatever his mother found in the woods, lol), and I just didn't clean out his litter box. When we brought the baby home, the cat ran away from him, but very quickly got used to him. Now they play with each other, and the cat will throw himself down in front of my son (now 1.5) and let him crawl all over him and play with his legs. But Gemma's right, don't let the cat in the room when the baby is sleeping. I don't know if our cat would have, but we never gave him the chance. Oh, and our cat saved the baby from a bat that got in and was FLYING OVER THE BABY'S crib! The cat just leapt in the air and smacked it down. Our hero :)

Anneke - posted on 05/07/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

You dont have to get rid of your cat, you just cannot clean the litter box at all!!! Cats have a parasite in their urine that whild is not harmful to you or a baby. It is harmful to a fetus in the womb. Also when baby arrives be sure to let cat sniff it out and not get uptight when the cat does. the cat can become resentful to the baby. keep the cat away from baby while they are asleep.


I agree, you do not have to get rid of your cat.  It's up to you though if you do.  As for "Also when baby arrives be sure to let cat sniff it out and not get uptight when the cat does. the cat can become resentful to the baby."  You can also send home a blanket or clothes that has baby's smell on it before baby actually comes home.  This way, your kitty will learn the smell of the new family member.

Junglekitty - posted on 05/07/2009

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You dont have to get rid of your cat, you just cannot clean the litter box at all!!! Cats have a parasite in their urine that whild is not harmful to you or a baby. It is harmful to a fetus in the womb. Also when baby arrives be sure to let cat sniff it out and not get uptight when the cat does. the cat can become resentful to the baby. keep the cat away from baby while they are asleep.

Mel - posted on 05/07/2009

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not at all ! just keep the babys door shut and make sure you watch them while they are in the same room together. pets are good for babies! my little 13 month old daughter loves our kitten and puppy and plays well with them and we are trying for baby #2

Kate CP - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Rachael:

I would not get rid of an animal, just spend some time training it. My cat has not been a problem at all. We bought an electric litter box so there was no scooping since that is how you get sick from the feces. It can get in the air when you are scooping it around. We did not keep her out of the room at all and have not had any problems with her doing anything. She does not lay on people, she curls up next to them or spoons them (lots and lots of training). I've heard there are different ways of contracting cat scratch fever the most common is from cats that are allowed outdoors and them scratching you and the bacteria getting into the wound. I'm sure there are tons of ways though. Have you tried talking to the animal trainer at your local Petsmart, they may be able to give you some ideas? Good Luck!!


PetSmart trainers are not authorized to train or give any training tips for any animal other than a dog. I used to be one (a trainer, not a dog). Your local PetSmart trainer may have a list of people in the area that train cats, though. Your vet is probably the best place for a reference, though. Training a cat IS possible...just takes a lot of patience and the right technique for your kitty. :)

Rachael - posted on 05/06/2009

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I would not get rid of an animal, just spend some time training it. My cat has not been a problem at all. We bought an electric litter box so there was no scooping since that is how you get sick from the feces. It can get in the air when you are scooping it around. We did not keep her out of the room at all and have not had any problems with her doing anything. She does not lay on people, she curls up next to them or spoons them (lots and lots of training). I've heard there are different ways of contracting cat scratch fever the most common is from cats that are allowed outdoors and them scratching you and the bacteria getting into the wound. I'm sure there are tons of ways though. Have you tried talking to the animal trainer at your local Petsmart, they may be able to give you some ideas? Good Luck!!

Kate CP - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Leslie:

I have owned cats all my life. I was fully convinced I would keep them after the baby. When she was about 3 months old, I got pretty sick. Seemed like the flu. Except one day I realized my vision in one eye was grayed out. I went to my PCP and he still thought it was the flu. Went to to eye doctors and finally found out I have "cat scratch disease". My cats don't have claws so they didn't scratch me. I learned that just them cleaning their fur the disease lays on their fur and rubs off.

I found my cats new homes. The risk is too high for my baby. I also felt that the cats using a litter box and then walking on the floor where my baby will be crawling was too dirty for me. 6 months later and my vision is still not back completely.


I don't know if that's right (about the disease just laying on their fur).  I nearly died from cat scratch fever and it's a bacterium that lives in their mouths. If you had open wounds or a depressed immune system and the cat's saliva got into your blood stream then that's how you caught the infection. Did you see an infectious disease specialist and did they run cultures?



I got cat scratch fever after I was mauled by a cat at the clinic I worked at. God, that sucked. :/

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Quoting Leslie:

I have owned cats all my life. I was fully convinced I would keep them after the baby. When she was about 3 months old, I got pretty sick. Seemed like the flu. Except one day I realized my vision in one eye was grayed out. I went to my PCP and he still thought it was the flu. Went to to eye doctors and finally found out I have "cat scratch disease". My cats don't have claws so they didn't scratch me. I learned that just them cleaning their fur the disease lays on their fur and rubs off.

I found my cats new homes. The risk is too high for my baby. I also felt that the cats using a litter box and then walking on the floor where my baby will be crawling was too dirty for me. 6 months later and my vision is still not back completely.


Oh my goodness I have never heard of that!! Very good point then. I myself have never owned a cat, im allergic but that is crazy. I hope your eye sight returns to normal!

Leslie - posted on 05/06/2009

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I have owned cats all my life. I was fully convinced I would keep them after the baby. When she was about 3 months old, I got pretty sick. Seemed like the flu. Except one day I realized my vision in one eye was grayed out. I went to my PCP and he still thought it was the flu. Went to to eye doctors and finally found out I have "cat scratch disease". My cats don't have claws so they didn't scratch me. I learned that just them cleaning their fur the disease lays on their fur and rubs off.



I found my cats new homes. The risk is too high for my baby. I also felt that the cats using a litter box and then walking on the floor where my baby will be crawling was too dirty for me. 6 months later and my vision is still not back completely.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

I did not only because of the feces, but cats tend to jump into bed with the baby and try to lick the milk from their mouth!!


wow, not to be rude, but where did you pick up that bit of "information"? i have never heard that one.  that seems like its in the same catagory of "the cat will 'steal the baby's air' just by sitting by the baby's head and breathing..."

Morag - posted on 05/06/2009

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We have two long haired house cats, Spain has quite a high prevelence of toxoplasmosis in the soil so I was tested every few months during my pregnancy and was always negative. Just don't clean out the litter tray.

Also neither of our cats were very impressed by the baby. Downright terrified of it was a better discription and stayed WELL away. They were pretty much hand reared and one is my husbands baby. We were worried about him, but he has been wonderful. Now my youngest is on the move, she absolutely tortures that poor animal, and he will only hiss at her if she is really nasty, but even then he hisses and runs away. I don't fear leaving the cats alone with the baby, I fear leaving the baby alone with the cats. She's nearly killed them, jumping on them, poking them in their eyes, pulling wiskers, tails, ears, fur.., and we constantly have to tell her off. Yet they are amazing. With any animal you need to be careful around children, but cats are no more dangerous than dogs and most people I know have said that their cats are rarely that impressed by these strange, noisy creatures invading their home.

Gemma - posted on 05/06/2009

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Keep your cat it is company for you when you are pregnant and at home alone. Our cat was not happy when our son was born he was used to it being only him, he just ignores my son. Unfortunatly my son doesn't ignore him so just watch that the cat doesn't scratch your baby when he/she is older. And never let the cat sleep in or on any of the babies things. Good Luck

Amber - posted on 05/06/2009

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We have one cat and two dogs and all of our animals are good with my baby who is only 3 1/2 months old. We taught them all right away to respect the baby's space they know they are not allowed to jump on him or anything like that. The cat also know he is not allowed in the baby bed well any bed for that matter. We have not had one problem although our cat really isn't the type to curl up on you or anything like that. The worst thing that has ever happened is that the baby gets licked when I walk away from him and that is the dog that does that anyway.

Kate CP - posted on 05/06/2009

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Keep the cat. Have some friends bring over babies and see how he responds to the kids and their stuff. If you feel you HAVE to get rid of the cat find a rescue group and rehome him in a child-free environment. Something else to think about: if the cat is over the age of 5 it's about 10 times harder to rehome. People want young cats typically and it's very hard to find new homes for older kitties. Even if you can't clean the little box yourself you can wear gloves (like dish washing gloves) and a mask and make sure you scrub really well after you clean it. Make sure the cat is up to date on shots and parasite free and it should be fine. You don't have to get rid of your animals just because you're pregnant. Try to incorporate the cat into your soon to be family and if it doesn't work (after you've at least tried) then look into surrendering him to a shelter.

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I did not only because of the feces, but cats tend to jump into bed with the baby and try to lick the milk from their mouth!!

Lauren - posted on 05/06/2009

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i agree with the others. we have 2 cats and 2 dogs. The funny thing is of all the animals our "mean" (the one who hates all visitors and tends to bite our friends) has been like a mother to our now 2 1/2 year old since birth. My daughter can lay on her, pull her tail, and she doesn't so much as swipe at her! she now sleeps on the end of my daughters bed (much to my husbands dismay since she used to sleep on his legs!) she doesn't usually cuddle with me and both times i was pregnant she would come lay in my lap and kneed my tummy even before we got a possative test back!

Sabrina - posted on 05/06/2009

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congrats. nothing much more i can say cause everyone else has said it. but yes keep your cat. we have two and the best part is my husband had to clean the litter box. so you can get out of it for awhile. and my cats were pretty smart everytime my little one cries they run to see whats wrong. just becareful it stays out of the room. and as the baby gets older he/she will enjoy the cat too. my kids love our cats.

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congrats! and you can keep the dear kitty, just get someone else to clean the litter box, and as Autumn said keep the cat out of the babes room, our one cat LOVED to sleep with our son, and we did catch her sleeping on his chest once, but he was well over a year by that point, just keep an eye out :)

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hi my advice would be yes as my mother in law ad a cat and it used to hiss at me while i ws pregnant,also one of my best m8s had a cat and when she had her baby the cat tried to smother the bay as it could smell the milk.

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you can keep your cat. just have someone else clean the litter box. and when the baby is born just keep it out of the room when the baby's sleeping. Cats like to lay on their chests and can accidentally suffocate them.

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First of all congrats! As long as someone else cleans out the litter box you should be fine with keeping your cat. There are toxins in the feces of cats that you cannot inhale at all while pregnant.

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