Kitten and Baby?

Tyrae - posted on 01/08/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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So we have mice in our basement suite, and we've tried everything to get rid of them (humane and non-humane) but once we get rid of one another one pops up. We are at the end of our leash so we are planning on getting a kitten. I have had quite a few cats in my life so far so I know how to handle them, my only concern is with our 2 month old daughter. How should we go about getting the kitten? We are going to be adopting one from the spca, and we have a few in mind. Should we bring her into the spca with us and introduce them before we adopt, or should we leave her with one of her grandparents for the time? Is there anything that we need to know about the interactions of baby and kitten? Any information to do with having a kitten and baby together would be great!

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Sherri - posted on 01/08/2011

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You could be dooming your poor kitten to a death sentence. Mice are riddled with diseases and could seriously kill or make your kitten seriously ill. I think if that is the only reason you are considering a kitten that should be considered animal cruelty. My advice look into a professional to come in and take care of your problem long term also for the health of yourselves and your daughter.



There is no problem having a kitten with a child. If you are looking for a family pet and a family pet only not a rodent catcher then yes your child should come with you just so you can see if the kitten is comfortable around children. We have always had cats, we had 3 at one time even with infants. We currently have 2 and a dog.

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Cats and kittens are fine to have around babies. Just keep the cat out of the babies room and away from the baby until the cat is familiar with its surroundings and keep the litter box in a safe place. Also, you may be provided with literature on how to introduce the kitten from the place you plan on adopting from.
I have had many cats(males and females) and all of them would hunt. Some would be more lazy about it than others but it did the trick. If you are only getting one I would recommend getting a female as they are better hunters and if you are getting 2 brother/sister combos work out great. They seem to compete with one another when hunting which will really drive them out. Just the mere presence of a cat will keep most mice away.

@ Sherri's comment, yes mice can be riddled with disease. The advice my vet gave me was if you happen to catch your cat with the mouse get the mouse away from the cat as soon as you can to ensure the cat doesn't eat the entire mouse. You are not going to stop a cat from doing what comes naturally.

@ Amanda it seems as though Tyrae has her heart set on getting a kitten. Cats live a lot longer than 10 years and every cat I have ever known has never clawed at a child unless provoked. They usually would show teeth, hiss and run and hide(mostly just run and hide)

Tyrae good luck with your kitty when you get it! : )

Tyrae - posted on 01/09/2011

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no I wouldn't allow him to get rid of the cat if it wasn't interested in mice. I would be very angry at him, I love cats :) I'll see if they would deal with it but it is very doubtful. So far with them repairing stuff they have done half ass jobs. Such as the mold that is in the shower, I told them about it (found it like a week after we moved in) and they brought someone in to re-caulk the shower, they didn't take the mold out. So I don't know how they are going to deal with this, probably tell us to go get mousetraps... which isn't working. *sigh* We need to buy our own place lol

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2011

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Oh I see, what will your husband do if the cat doesnt care about mice? Give it away? Even though I stated before I hate cats, I also hate it when people get animals for a job not for a pet. If you are a renter you need to call your landlord and DEMAND he deal with the mouse problem, if he is not willing to deal with it, put your rent into a cerfited cheque, or money order, and tell him he will get his rent as soon as he gets rid of the mice. Speak to a lawyer first of course to make sure you have legal rights to with hold rent (many places allow this since mice are a health issue and the responsiblity of a landlord).

Tyrae - posted on 01/08/2011

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I wanted a cat before the baby came just to have a pet also, but my hubby didn't want one. Now he's agreed to get one so the cat wouldn't just be for catching mice or preventing them from coming into the house. We are renting out the basement in a house where the landlord is a company that has a lot of different properties. So if the mice are coming in upstairs than we can't go up there and look around...

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011

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Many cats could careless about mice issues, so why adopt one only to find out he/she doesnt care to mouse hunt.

Many people have allergies to cats, cats walk in their litter, and then spread it around the house on their feet. Your child will be crawling soon. (Sorry Im not much of a cat lover LOL). Cats can crawl at your child which can get infected due to pop under the cats nails (again from the cat litter).

Try Rodent X from your local hardware store before you buy an animal you have to keep care of for the next 10 years. You will need to watch your piles, if they are eatting it up fast then fill your spots up again. If mice have not touched a spot in 2 days move that spot to a more active area. It will take about 2 weeks to get rid of all your mice. Be sure to find their hole they are entering the house through and fill it up. Btw if you have mice in your basement, you have mice through out your home. So look for holes, and poop around the rest of the home.

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