How can you tell if your cat doesn't like your baby?

Erica - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Lately my 5yo cat Leo has urinated on my son's things. Once on a blanket that was on the floor waiting to be washed and the second time when I opened the nursery door he ran in and peed in the corner of the room.



My son Colton is only 7 months old and likes to feel Leos fur when hes close by. Every time Colton pets Leo Leo turns his ears back and gets angry.



I try to monitor all interactions between them to ensure Coltons safety and Leos behavior.



Do you guys think Leo will grow out of this recent phase? I really don't want to give up Leo I've had him since he was only 7-8wks old. He is like a furry four legged son.

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Kate CP - posted on 03/02/2010

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Marina is spot on. Feliway, however, is sold OTC at pet supply stores like PetCo and PetSmart. I will warn you now that it is pretty expensive, but does have a good track record. To thoroughly clean cat urine you will need to get a special product with active enzymes that will "eat" the pheromones left behind from the urine. Just plain old bleach, soap, or ammonia won't do it. Clean the spot as best as you can with regular soap and water and then soak it with the enzymatic cleaner and let it air dry. You should probably repeat the soaking a second time just to be safe. Also ask your vet if there are any animal behaviorists or cat behaviorist that they know about in your area. Yes, there are cat trainers out there! Good luck!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/02/2010

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Ok, so here we go. It deffinately could be an issue with territory with your cat Leo...but then again it could be a medical condition that is coinciding with your sons arrival. He could be very stressed out with the new baby,..therefore lowering his immune system..in turn he may hae a Urinary Tract Infection. Call your vet and get him in. Take notice how often he is urinating, quantity, color, and if he is howling when he is going. The fact the he is urinating in front of you is a cry for attention..and especially if he is urinating inapporpriately. Also, how many cat boxes do you have? You should have 1 per cat..then once extra. If he is an only cat..you should really have 2 litter pans. Are you giving him attention? If it is an aemotional issue the diffuser the the other lady was talking about won't hurt..you can deffinately talk to your vet about that. It is called "Feliway" some vets don't carry it,..they may have to special order it for you. The kitty prozac is called amitryptalline (ami-trip-ta-leene) and can work wonders...but you have to pill your cat. But first things first...get the urine checked just ot rule out a simpe infection. Make sure you are thoroughly cleaning the area that he has urinated in...if you do not, no matter what he will continue to return to that spot. I know this is alot of info, but I have worked with vets for 10 years and I hope this info helped.

Mary-Jo - posted on 03/02/2010

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My female cat acted like a mommy to both my girls. Every time they cried, she ran in to see what "her babies" needed. She snuggled with them at the foot of the bassinette but never in their faces and never marked anything with urine.
Males mark their territory and need to know it is THEIRS. If you dominate over your cat and scold him for bad behavior and it persists, you may have to get rid of the cat. If he accepts the baby and stops marking, then he can stay. I personally would not allow any animal to pee in my home. I am the alpha! My child over rides any animal, and that is that. I have heard of people putting a screened door in the nursery doorway to keep pets out. Good luck!

Margaret - posted on 03/02/2010

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When I first brought my son home from the hospital (8 years ago), our female cat named Snuggles that was fixed urinated in my sons car seat and urinated in his crib WHILE HE WAS IN IT. She had to go and we found her a new home. This may seem a bit cruel, but we needed to do what we felt was best.



She wasn't a very sociable cat. My hubby brought home a blanket with baby's scent from hospital and introduced them as soon as coming home and it did not make a difference.



We also had a male dog named Pauly (also fixed) at the time (now in puppy heaven) who we were very concerned about because of his temparment. He was abused by his previous owner. He was NOT a family dog. I think he nipped everyone he met. He would jump on children, knock them down and steal their cookies. When my son came home, he checked him out and pretty much ignored him. Once my son got a hold of his ear and pulled...Pauly was upset but did not retaliate.



We also had to give Pauly some extra love. Pauly, after all, was our first born.



Hope this was helpful.

Tania - posted on 03/01/2010

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I had the same problem from when i first fell pregnant till i had my son, my cat hated him and me! She sprayed everywhere! on all of his things :( There is a hormonal diffuser you can get from your vets, we got that and it seemed to calm her down... But not enough for me to be comfortable..The vet wanted me to try her on a cat valium but there was no way i was going to drug her.. In the end i rehomed her an she was happy... But you should try the hormone diffuser it wont affect you or your baby, it just puts out a hormone that there mother would have released when they were kittens, and it calms them down... works wonders on my male cat his very placid when his near it.. Good Luck!!!

Erica - posted on 03/01/2010

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Leo has been neutered for quite some time. Next step is to talk with our veterinarian I guess.

Rachelle Joy - posted on 03/01/2010

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i hav a cat too and he is also pissed off when my baby girl tries to touch her,cats are very teritorial right?and based on my experience my cat thinks he also owns me. my cat didnt change his mood for a year now and sometimes he doesnt even want me to touch him.

Christi - posted on 03/01/2010

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he is being territorial. the only reason i kept my cat is that he is bred to be good with small children. if he keeps it up, you have to think about the safety of your child over your cat. it sounds harsh, but it is the truth. both of my cats were declawed and they were thouroughly trained before my son was born. they do not go into his roon, or jump on any furniture.

Kim - posted on 03/01/2010

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I have had my cat longer than my son as well. He will grow out of it. You didn't prepare your cat for this new arrival therefore he thinks someone else has taken his spot and he is correct in that. He is simply angry and marking his territory; i don't know if this would help now that colton is 7 months old but, what we did for our cat is when james was born we brought home a baby blanket that smelled like the new baby and let him get used to the smell and when we came home with james we let him smell him. Always take time out for your cat; you probably can't give him the attention you used too but, if he's like my furry baby he will follow you around and demand it. Even if it's a small pet or a quick hello your cat will feel appreciated and loved again just be patient this is all new to him too. I hope this helps

Emma - posted on 03/01/2010

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Some cats do not have a good temperment for babies or small children. A year and a half ago my cat, she's 17, starting going after my stepdaughter, shortly after she had diarrehea and I took her to the vet. Turned out she had an intestinal infection. SInce her treatment she hasn't gotten angry at my stepdaughter or my son, she's 6 yrs and he's 8 months. My son also loves my cats fur, and likes to grab handfuls of it and all she does is make a sound but not an angry sound.



Leo might just need to get used to this little thing crawling around and soon chasing him. I would monitor it and maybe talk to your vet as well. Make sure there isn't another reason why Leo doesn't have any patience with Colton. Or Leo he could be just marking out his territory, which is a normal reaction for a male cat to do when they feel "their" territory might be threatened. Which is why he is peeing on your son's blanket and in his room. Has Leo been fixed? Some times, male cats can be more aggressive when they are not fixed and could be giving some mixed emotions which we interpert as aggressive behaviour towards small children and babies.



I don't know if any of this helps you, but maybe give you some information has to how to deal with this better before you consider giving him. Good luck.

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