i have a cat and iv been told i can't keep him as any1 else kept there pets? x

Debra Louise - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 416 moms have responded )

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is it ok to keep my cat? please help!!!

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Vonda - posted on 08/12/2009

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There is a lot of incorrect information & many old wives tales surrounding the topic of cats & newborn babies. Shelters are often asked to take in the family cat because a new baby has arrived & the parents worry about the risk the cat poses to the child. Most shelters are desperately overworked & under funded. It is far better for all concerned that future parents educate themselves on this matter.



During my own pregnancy it was suggested by several well meaning (but uneducated) people that with a baby on the way we would have to get rid of the cats. People still believe the old wives tales about babies being smothered by cats. From research I did on the internet I found out that this is in fact totally untrue. There are cases of parents accidentally smothering their baby, but there are no reported cases of cats doing this (either on purpose or by accident). What has been suggested is that some babies die of SIDS & it so happens that the cat is found in the crib with the dead child. This is merely a coincidence. The cat was NOT the cause of the child's death.



However, it is wise to take some precautions. You can purchase a net to put over the crib so the cat can't sleep with the baby. Another good suggestion is to replace the door to the baby's nursery with a screen door. This enables the cat to see & smell the baby & not feel entirely left out, but it can't get into the bedroom.



Another urban legend is that cat's suck the baby's breath. Again, untrue. If a cat is found close to the baby's head it's more likely due to the cat seeking some warmth. If the above suggestions are followed, this won't happen.



Make sure litter trays & food bowls are kept in an area the baby can't access, this is especially important when the child starts crawling. A safety gate is recommended to prevent your child getting close to the litter tray.



Ensure your cat is regularly de-flead & de-wormed. Make sure the products you use on your cat are safe to use around the baby. If you are worried about your cat scratching your baby, (which is highly unlikely), you can either regularly trim your cat's claws (see trimming cat's claws), or use Soft Paws, which are plastic caps you glue over your cat's claws.



They are also a much kinder alternative to declawing.



I was more concerned about what my child might do to a cat. Certainly with the majority of my cats I believe they would be scared of a baby and all the sounds that come from them. They have little interaction with small children, choosing to vacate the premises when a child is visiting. It is unfair to offload what was once a family pet & valued member of the family just because a baby is on the way. In my opinion pets can offer children so much. I wouldn't encourage a young child to pick up a cat. Teach the child what is acceptable behaviour, for example how to gently pet the cat. Ears, eyes, whiskers & the tail should not be pulled. Teach your child that the cat is a member of the family who has feelings too, and it should be treated with kindness & respect.







Cats harbour disease



Well yes, cats sometimes do harbour disease but there are very few diseases of the cat that are zoonotic (transmissible from cat to human). It is fairly rare to pick up a disease from a cat, personally I believe you (or your baby) are far more likely to catch a disease from a human than a cat. It is recommended that you take your cat to the vet for a thorough check up before your baby is born. Have the vet worm your cat & check it for Ringworm. Ensure you stick to a regular worming & de-fleaing regime. Keeping your cat indoors and away from roaming cats is your safest way to keep your cat disease & parasite free.



Toxoplasmosis



Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii. Many animals can get Toxoplasmosis including sheep, cattle & pigs. Cats shed the parasitic cysts in their faeces & which then infect humans & other animals.



In healthy adults, Toxoplasmosis usually causes only mild symptoms. If a woman becomes infected during her pregnancy it can have devastating affects on the unborn fetus. If you own a cat & are pregnant it is advisable to ask your doctor to do a blood test to see if you have antibodies to Toxoplasmosis, which would indicate a past exposure to the parasite. If you have been infected in the past, there is little to no risk of you passing it on to your unborn baby. If you haven't had prior exposure it is advisable to have your partner clean litter trays during your pregnancy. If this is not possible, use rubber gloves & try to avoid inhaling any dust from litter trays, it is advisable to wear a mask. It takes between 24-48 hours for the cysts to become infective, so daily cleaning of the litter tray will almost entirely eliminate the risk of infection. It is perfectly safe for pregnant women to co-exist with their family cat as long as these precautions are taken.



Humans can also become infected by handling (and eating) raw or undercooked meat & vegetables. Ensure your meat is thoroughly cooked & that you wash your hands & utensils after handling meat. There is a greater risk of you becoming infected with Toxoplasmosis from raw & undercooked meat than there is from your cat, if kept indoors.



Ringworm: This is caused by a fungi, not a worm. It is more a nuisance than a danger. It can sometimes be hard to eliminate from the environment, however with stringent cleaning & the use of anti-fungal creams it is can be cleared up. Again, if your cat is indoors and has had the all clear from your vet, there is little chance of you or your baby catching this.



Rabies: Rabies isn't a problem in Australia. Most (if not all) cats in countries with Rabies regularly vaccinate their cats, it is very rare for a cat to catch Rabies.



Cat Scratch Disease: This is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella henselae. This is rarely a problem in people with a healthy immune system, it is most often seen in immunocompromised people. Antibiotic treatment of you & your cat usually clears up this infection.



Salmonella: Caused by a bacteria of the Salmonella genus. This is most commonly acquired via oral ingestion. Cats are most likely to become infected after eating birds.



If you still have any doubts about raising a baby with a cat in the house I would recommend you speak to both your vet & your doctor who will be able to put your mind at ease.



During my pregnancy I spoke to several mothers who all assured me they had quite safely managed to raise cats & kids together & had no problems whatsoever. The people who warn you that cats & babies can't co-exist are always people who haven't actually researched this matter. They just repeat urban legends.



Introducing Your Baby To Your Cat:



Read here...



Important note:



This article was written to hopefully put new or soon to be parent's worries to rest & debunk a lot of incorrect information in the public domain in regards to cats, pregnancy & children. Cats & new babies can co-exist together quite happily but your child's safety has to be of utmost importance. NEVER leave a baby or young child alone with any pet, cat included.



Cats & humans have lived together for thousands of years but it is important to remember that they are still wild animals & their behaviour cannot be predicted with 100% accuracy. A cat should never be permitted into the same room a baby/young child is sleeping & proper safety precautions should be taken to ensure the cat doesn't have access to the baby's room.



If proper safety precautions are taken to ensure your cat & baby/young child are only together under adult supervision your cat & child will be able to quite happily cohabit together & hopefully once the child grows older will form a long & lasting bond.

Sharon - posted on 08/12/2009

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What a load of bullcrap being fed to you!



Do not change the litter box - even my doctor said I could change the litter box if I had to with gloves and a mask.



The danger is toxoplasmosis. Have your OBGYN test you for toxoplasmosis. IF you were exposed long ago they will be able to tell and even if you're exposed now - nothing will happen because you have the anitbodies in your system already.



IF you test negative - if you can afford it, have your cat tested. If he's negative then you have no worries.



Not every cat has toxo.



We had 5 cats through 2 of my pregnancies and my husband change the cat box. We kept a sheet on my bed and peeled it off at night and didn't allow the cats to climb on my face.



The MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION OF ALL!!



DO NOT EAT CAT SHIT!! That is where toxoplasmosis is found!!

Stacy - posted on 08/12/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

What a load of bullcrap being fed to you!

Do not change the litter box - even my doctor said I could change the litter box if I had to with gloves and a mask.

The danger is toxoplasmosis. Have your OBGYN test you for toxoplasmosis. IF you were exposed long ago they will be able to tell and even if you're exposed now - nothing will happen because you have the anitbodies in your system already.

IF you test negative - if you can afford it, have your cat tested. If he's negative then you have no worries.

Not every cat has toxo.

We had 5 cats through 2 of my pregnancies and my husband change the cat box. We kept a sheet on my bed and peeled it off at night and didn't allow the cats to climb on my face.

The MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION OF ALL!!

DO NOT EAT CAT SHIT!! That is where toxoplasmosis is found!!


Sharon.. you're absolutely right - I had forgotten my Dr. told me that. also.  (Personally I don't believe I told anyone in my family that, lets face it, I had a 'get out of scooping shit free card!'



If Debra doesn't have anyone else to scoop for her, yes, she can do it herself wearing a mask and gloves - no harm, no foul.

Autumn - posted on 08/29/2009

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I am a veterinarian and it is ABSOLUTELY OK to keep your cat. If you are still pregnant the only concern is Toxoplasmosis and it is easily handled. If your cat is indoors only you can have him/her tested and if negative you do not have to worry about it at all. Even if your cat goes outside or is shedding it takes 24 hours for the voided poop to become infective so if you clean the litter box everyday you won't have a problem. Also, the way you get it is my EATING the poop, so wash your hands after doing the litterbox and you shouldn't have a problem. The even better way is for your significant other to clean for those short nine months! As far as keeping the kitty away from the baby we have been dealing with that at our house as well. We had a premature baby and brought her home at 3#12oz. My cat weighs 16#! We just keep the cat out of the room where the baby is when sleeping and just recently invested in a pack n play tent (baby sleeps in our room right now in the bassinet attachment) to keep kitty out. I ordered it on Amazon and it is perfect. They also make them for regular cribs. This way you don't have to keep kitty out of the room. We have had it for two nights and both night my cat has slept right next to me in bed and not even offered to try to get into the bassinet. I think the baby is way to wiggly for him anyway!!! Let me know if you have any more questions.

Heather - posted on 08/21/2009

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Weighing in on the cat issue (somewhat belatedly) ... I have two cats, both of which were at least "middle aged" [i.e. 7 or so] when my daughter was born. Litter boxes are certainly safe to change, just wear a mask and vinyl or latex gloves. If possible, have someone else change the litter box for you. Either way, make sure your OB/GYN knows to test you for toxoplasmosis (they did it for me as a routine matter) at some point.



Cats definitely don't "steal babies' breath", but they DO love to try and cuddle with infants, because they are warm, small like milk (and their human mama!), and are roughly the same size and weight as another cat. Because cats tend to cuddle by sleeping ON something, they can suffocate the baby unintentionally. This is why they need to be kept away from a sleeping baby until the child is old enough that they will not smother under the cat's weight if it does try and cuddle up with them. (We held off on letting the cats into the bedroom until our daughter was about 2 or 3 years old.)



Don't let folks scare you, there is no reason not to keep your feline. You'll just need to take a few precautions, and all will be well.



By the way ... if you find that your precious kitty is suddenly doing inappropriate things like urinating on your clothes or bed ... s/he is simply suffering from a form of sibling rivalry. This does *not* usually happen, but some cats do get very anxious when a new baby is born (remember, when a mama cat has a new baby, the older kittens -- if any are still hanging around -- are immediately banished). Anxious cats will try to tell the infant in the only way that they know how, that the humans belong to *THEM*. Since cats mark territory with urine and feces ... well, you see how this can quickly turn unpleasant. If this happens, try not to discipline the cat too harshly, or this might actually exacerbate the problem. Instead, do not touch or feed your cat unless your newborn is in your arms. This can be tricky, I know, but the cat will quickly learn to associate the new baby with good things (food and affection), and this should put a stop to any jealous antics. When your child is old enough, start having them help feed the cat themselves. This will solidify their position in the house as out-ranking the cat (rank is very important to dogs and cats), and will contribute to better household harmony. Good luck. My cats ADORE our kids, and I'm sure yours will too.

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Isabel - posted on 07/26/2012

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I had two cats at the birth of my prem twins! and they were still around with my latest baby, who is now almost 1 1/2... Just make sure that they aren't sleeping in the same room as baby, so that they cant smoother her/him! So, Yes, I have kept my cats!

Pearl Marie - posted on 07/26/2012

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I think it is crazy for people to say for anyone to get rid of their pet. I have a pitbull and cats and they both love Chan'ler.

Shakira - posted on 09/07/2009

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my cat slept next to me till the day i had my son i trained the cat to go to the toilet out side just move the litter box closer and closer to the door each day and then when it gets next to the door then just put it out side then just take it away they catch on might take bout 2 weeks to do the whole changed but then u never have to worry about it again from there i just put a bed in the lounge room for it and it has never went near my son

Rikki - posted on 09/07/2009

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YES!!! I have a cat...have had him for 6 years BEFORE having my kids... used gloves while I was pregnant to clean litter box... no allergy problems for the babies...my other sister had 4 cats while pregnant with twins...no problems, (gloves/mask during cleaning)..

My cat knew that the babies were not "his" but I also made sure to make room for him on the couch/bed when he wanted attention.

Julie - posted on 09/07/2009

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The only thing you can't do is handle/empty/clean the cat litter box. If you want the cat keep the cat. I'm sure you've grown to think of him/her as part of the family too.

Ava - posted on 09/06/2009

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It's not pets in general, just cats. Cats are actually very dirty animals. You can keep your cat, but take a lot of precautions before your baby is born and after. Cats carry diseases that babies are especially susceptible to, even inside your tummy. Invest in an automatic litterbox (around 90 bucks) so that you never have to touch cat litter. The box is also a lot harder to get into than a regular litterbox for kids running around. It has automatic motion censors to stop the rake if any object is in the way, so your kid will never be hurt by it. Encourage him to -stay away- from the litterbox. Also, while pregnant, always wash your hands immediately after touching your cat. Do the same after the child is born, and make sure the child washes his/her hands after handling your cat as well (invest in some hand sanitizer). I didn't bother with too much of that because I'm immune to any contagious feline diseases (I grew up with about 25 in one house, almost like a make-shift shelter), but most people are -not-. Make sure you exercise caution, and look up ways to keep healthy while having your kitty around. But no, you don't have to get rid of him if you're smart and do your research. Oh, do NOT declaw your cat. It is inhumane. Make sure someone else in your household regularly clips your kitty's nails so that they can never scratch you or your baby. Make sure your baby isn't sleeping with or cuddling the cat too closely until he's quite a bit older; limit contact between your baby and your kitty. Keep it out of where your child sleeps and plays frequently. But really, it's okay to keep your cat, don't worry about it.

Leslie - posted on 09/06/2009

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I had two cats during both of my pregnancys and after. I also cleaned the litter box's of course i used a mask and latex gloves and there where no problems. I did how ever make them stop sleeping with me after babys where born. So to answer your question YES keep the cat if you feel you can do the right things to ensure the safety of your family .

Jemma - posted on 09/05/2009

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I think pets are an important part of a child/rens life. We have always had a cat with our children and not once has it deliberately hurt or layed on their heads, as is the reason for most people saying to get rid of cats. Smokey our adorable fur ball loves the kids to bits and the kids love him and even put clips on his fur and brush him haha, So definately keep the cat. If you are concerned at all perhaps keep your new babies bedroom door closed until you know how the cat will react to the new arrival. Let the cat meet the baby and smell it, i can guarantee they will love each other.

Theresa - posted on 09/04/2009

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unless you or your baby have severe allergies or the cat has turned into psycho-kitty, why do you need to get rid of her/him ... anyone who tells you otherwise needs a smack upside the head to remind them this IS the 21st century, old wive's tales are not valid science - as a former vet-tech(small animal - 6 years, equine - 7 years) and mother of 1 toddler, 2 dogs and 2 cats I will tell you any reason other than the 2 I've mentioned are boelsh*t - feel free to prove me wrong, I know I'm not .. if your OBGYN or NursePrac. is the one saying this, you might want to consider finding another healthcare professional, preferably one who is current on science and medicine!

Kathy - posted on 09/04/2009

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Of course you can keep your cats... I'm expecting my first, and unless theres a problem I won't be getting rid of either my cat or dog. When I was born mom and dad had to get rid of a cat because of behavioral problems, but later on got another cat that we had when both of my brothers we born... and I'm pretty sure my mom cleaned the litter box with all of us. My fiance won't let me clean the litter box because he's very protective over the baby, and we intend to keep the door closed when baby is sleeping. She's a gentle cat most of the time so other than jealousy I cant see there being a problem with her. Our pets are part of the family, and I have every intentions of raising my kids with pets, as I was... whats the worst that really can happen?? Baby starts crawling and gets scratched for pulling the cats tail?? Scratches can be cleaned, baby will be fine.

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Unless your child has an allergy - why not keep the cat,



I have mine and everything is fine - my husband was concerned because she can be aggressive, but she hasn't bothered the baby at all.

Nicole - posted on 09/04/2009

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I had cats through both of my pregnancies! I also cleaned the litter box both times! I have a healthy 9 yr old and I am 35 weeks pregnant with a healthy boy now. Just tested negative for toxo, so don't worry! Good luck

Marcelle - posted on 09/04/2009

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I kept my cat and my baby and the cat later became firm friends. The cat wasn't happy initially but we soon managed to sort out the new pecking order. Just relax and let it happen.

Kelli - posted on 09/04/2009

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i kept my cat and my dog and our birds. just dont clean the cats littler yourself while you are pregnant or if there is no one else to do it wear gloves. you can get a fairly serious disease from their faeces. the cat is fine. some people just over react to pets. as long as you are hygienic and wash your hands after handling them you will be fine. :)

Tracy - posted on 09/03/2009

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I've heard that you need to keep the cat out of the baby's room as it could climb in the crib and lay on the baby and smother it. Also during your pregnancy you shouldn't come in contact with cat fecees as there is a toxin that could be damaging to the fetus. Otherwise keeping the cat shouldn't be a problem.

Jonni - posted on 09/03/2009

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I had two cats when I got pregnant. The only thing that changed was the hubs had to do the litter. I let mine smell everything and set up everything early for them to smell then rewashed it before he was born. If you treat the baby as something thats "off-limits" they will get jealous. I hope this helps!

Jenn - posted on 09/03/2009

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you absolutely can! i recommend the Breeze litter system; it's mainly rocks - no dust or "particles" to worry about. i used it with both of my pregnancies. and if you're the only one around to clean the box for some reason, just use gloves and wash with antibacterial soap to your elbows when you're finished. The Doc said it was fine that way.

Laurissa - posted on 09/03/2009

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Of Course!



I used to work as a vet tech. From what I understand if you have ever been scratched (even accidentally) by a cat you're already carrying the antibodies for the diseases that doctors are concerned about. I have two cats. I have had them for 6 years. I kept them when I had my daughter. She was fine. They stayed away from her for the most part. I am expecting my second baby in October. I now have a third cat and I intend to keep ALL my pets. There is no reason not to. If you are worried about the cat bothering the baby, don't be. They are naturally curious animals and will smell your baby and move on when they figure out he/she is just another little version of you. Additionally, keep the cat OUT of the baby's room until the baby comes. This will deter it from making a habit out of sleeping in any soft bedding (crib) that you intended for your baby alone.Let the cat smell the baby when she/he comes home from the hospital to elate any curiosity and that shoudl be the end of it. If possible, have your husband/boyfriedn change the litter box if you are truly concerned about toxoplasmosis (disease that you most likely have antibodies to already) but its really not necessary. I hope this all helps and Good Luck!

Angel - posted on 09/03/2009

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Yes Yes Yes....I kept my two cats and my son loves chasing them around the house...Pets are great for children to grow up with...

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I have 3 cats 2 ferrets and one dog and no problems at all with any of them an the baby. The dog is stressed but he doesn't do anything to the baby or her things, he just runs away from her. The baby room used to be the cat room so they still try to go in there but we keep them out. The only thing that has happened is the cat peed in the dog bed. They don't even notice the baby.

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I have 3 cats 2 ferrets and one dog and no problems at all with any of them an the baby. The dog is stressed but he doesn't do anything to the baby or her things, he just runs away from her. The baby room used to be the cat room so they still try to go in there but we keep them out. The only thing that has happened is the cat peed in the dog bed. They don't even notice the baby.

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of course! We had 3 cats when my daughter was born. Just stay away from the litter box and keep the cat away from the baby like you would any other animal. We had no problems what so ever with our cats. It is part of your family and there is no reason you should have to get rid of it. Also my daughter was born 8 wks early and still was never expected from doctors or anyone to get rid of my cats. Good luck!

Charity - posted on 09/01/2009

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We have 4 cats and throughout my pregnancy had up to 28 kittens in the house at one time. The only thing my Dr advised me of was to not change the litter box. The ammonia is what's toxic from their urine and breathing it in can cause problems. Ofcourse, with my husband working 80 hrs a week, every now and then I would change it. I would tie a towel around my mouth like a mask as to not breathe in the ammonia. We have just the 4 and a dog now and had absolutely no problems when we brought baby home. He's 15 months old now and loves the cats dearly. would do it all over again!

Carrie - posted on 09/01/2009

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yes you can keep your cat.i had a cat and he used to jump up in my arms when I was rocking the baby...you just have to make sure the cat dont feel left out because of the baby, keep giving it attention and they wont have nothing to get jelious over.You may not be able to give it as much attention but your cat still loves it

Mandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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why not keep the cat .. the only thing i would do is make ur spouse clean the littler box and make sure the cats nails are trimed at all times .. i never had a cat but when i was pregnant i had a little puppy and i had him till my twins where about 9 months old and we trained him to stay away from the babies and if they wanted to pet him i held him while they did and taught him to just lay there .. he was such a good dog i miss him :(

Tracey - posted on 09/01/2009

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yes, it is ok t keep a cat......i've had our max and smudge with all my kid's....just a case of being xtra careful when the kid's are babies

Serena - posted on 09/01/2009

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i kept both my amall dogs with my first pregnancy, my boy is 20months old n we got him a kitten 2months ago that he thinks is hilarious. he loves watching the kitten play n giving the dogs treats xx we had no probs apart from teaching myo he cant eat the dog/cat treats lol xx

Alicia - posted on 08/31/2009

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i would say its fine. I have a dog and my baby is almost 4 weeks old. My sister has two cats, a 7 month old and is pregnant with her second. The only thing is that while ur pregnant u cant be around the cat pan or anything like that. Just keep an eye on the cats and your baby is all. You just dont want the cats near the baby, expecially a newborn.

Cindy - posted on 08/31/2009

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I had animals the WHOLE time my son has been alive...He is now 18 years old...I had a cat when he was a baby, (she is my FB profile pic)...she passed on last year at the age of 17 years old, so what do you think I am trying to say...wait it gets better when they start asking for "PETS",

Tammy - posted on 08/30/2009

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oh my goodness.....i never heard so much rubbish!

We have 3 Cats and 1 Dog and they are part of the family, Luan our little one who will be 1 in 2 weeks loves them all and we had them when i was pregnant aswell!

I would never get rid of our pets just because i am pregnant, i personally think its lovely to have pets when you have children, it makes them learn to respect them.x

Crystal - posted on 08/30/2009

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I had two cats throughout both my pregnancies. We had a little trouble keeping one out of the crib, but not while the baby was in it just when it was empty, the cats wanted nothing to do with the new (and sometimes loud) creatures in the house. My cats still want nothing to do with my 4-yr old and 1-yr old as they are generally trying to catch them.

Charity - posted on 08/30/2009

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Will I was told the same thing but the thing is not your cat its the litter you just can not change it you got to have someone else do it thats all because I still have both my cat and I didn't get rid of them.

Evelyn - posted on 08/29/2009

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Yes, Keep the cat. My cat hates my kid and has scratched her as long as you clean the scratch there is not problem. Now, my girl is a toddler he just ignores her. She's never been sick and she still loves cats.

LINDA - posted on 08/29/2009

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ive a puppy he's 9mths my daughter is 7 though, n cats are very dif r child is a baby, id keep t cat away, but not leave it on its own as cats shead hairs alot n r babe cud get alliges etc....should b ok, r health nurse will no more

April - posted on 08/29/2009

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I would never get rid of my furry four legged family members. As long as you avoid the cat litter. Washing your hands after petting them doesn't hurt either. There is a bacteria found in their feces that doctors worry about, but I read that if you have a cats for a significant amount of time your body has come in contact with it and you have become immune. Just be safer than sorry. I just kept the cats out of my daughters room. Good luck with your growing family!

Katrina - posted on 08/29/2009

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Hey debra as long as you dont have a litter tray near the baby or child it will be ok,i have had a cat most of my childrens lives and they are fit and healthy i hope this helps.

Maria - posted on 08/29/2009

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Whoever is telling you that is a cat-hater or really invested in old wives tales. We had 4 cats while I was pregnant. Husband changed the litter during that time, but if that is not an option, line it with a garbage bag and use gloves (it is important not to let it touch your skin while pregnant). One of our cats slept right near the baby and would run to her if she cried. (I know people will suggest this is dangerous, but get serious, it's a cat, not a life sucker). Our daughter is 15 now and sleeps with at least one cat sometimes two. I hate it when animal haters make their children or friends afraid because the never knew the unconditional love and companionship an animal brings. Many studies document that people are happier and healthier if they have animals in their life!

Patrice - posted on 08/29/2009

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it is fine to have wat eva pet u want as long an u dont clean its poo up or things like that if its cats then just get a cat net thats if ur cats climb up things coz thay might climb in the babys cot but i think it is fine i got 2 kittons an an 8 week old baby girl an a 19 month old baby boy an my cats are fine an i had a dog but i sold her bit to big so but i hope this helps

Gayle - posted on 08/29/2009

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Ask a vet or humane shelter if you can wear something to protect your hand in order to clean out the litter box; pregnant women are not to come in contact with cat feces. Please protect your pet and unborn child. Thank you.

Terra - posted on 08/28/2009

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Debra, there is absolutely no reason you cannot keep your cat either during pregancy, or after the baby comes! The one thing you need to watch for is that since cats like to cuddle and curl up in warm items, just watch that he does get too 'snuggly' with the baby - which isn't usually a problem - cats don't generally care for squirmy little people! LOL! The one thing I will caution you about it that during your pregnancy, have someone else change the catbox. Cat feces can carry a bacteria that can sometimes be a danger to an unborn baby. Other than that, you should be able to keep the 'baby' you have, and welcome the new one home with no problems!

Terra - posted on 08/28/2009

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Debra, there is absolutely no reason you cannot keep your cat either during pregancy, or after the baby comes! The one thing you need to watch for is that since cats like to cuddle and curl up in warm items, just watch that he does get too 'snuggly' with the baby - which isn't usually a problem - cats don't generally care for squirmy little people! LOL! The one thing I will caution you about it that during your pregnancy, have someone else change the catbox. Cat feces can carry a bacteria that can sometimes be a danger to an unborn baby. Other than that, you should be able to keep the 'baby' you have, and welcome the new one home with no problems!

Jennifer - posted on 08/28/2009

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I have two cats and before I even knew I was pregnant one of them would lay on my belly. He knew I was pregnant before I did! Anyways, of course you should keep your cat, it's not a pet it's a part of your family. After my son was born my husband brought back one of the beanie caps that the hospital gives the baby so that the cats could smell him before we brought him home. When you bring the baby home let the cat feel him/her out. Just make sure that you keep the cat away from the baby at night when you are both sleeping. My cat's are still curious about my son but have not done anything that would make me worry. Beware though....they crave SO much more attention since you are giving the attention to the baby, so make sure to take some time out everyday to let the cat know you still love him!

Shannon - posted on 08/28/2009

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as long as you don't change the liter it's ok. just have someone else do that chore for a while.

Jennifer - posted on 08/28/2009

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LOL, this is a VERY long thread, and i cant read everyones comment but if noone wrote this yet here it goes :) lol



cats have a tendency to cuddle up and get warm with their human mommies and daddies :) ..... they find your warmest spot at night and they nestle there. so the danger is if the cats go in babies room and lay with baby, they can actually lay around babies neck during the night..... just close babies door. you'll be fine. keep your cat

Lucy - posted on 08/28/2009

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If your consern is regarding toxoplasmosis, you have no need to worry. Just be religious about scooping the litter box daily. The organism that causes this disease is not infective for the first 24 hours acter the cat defecates, so if you clean the litterbox every 24 hours, there will never be infective poop even if your cat has toxo. If your cat is indoor only (which is safer for the cat) it is unlikely he has toxo, and if you have had him for over a year, and he has it, you have mostlikely already been exposed and built up an immunity to it. You are far morer tikely to be exposed to toxo via raw chiken than your cat's litter box! I would recommend deworming your cat to eliminate any other parasites that can be contagious to humans. If you are worried about behavior problems, now would be the time to speak to a trainer that has worked with cats. Your local humane society may have a good trainer recommendations.



~Lucy



PS - I work in the veterinary industry and I ran fecal exams on cats during my pregnancy. If you use good hygeine and keep to the 24 hour window you will be fine!

Jean - posted on 08/27/2009

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i don't see a reason why to get rid of your cat. i have two indoor cats, one boy one girl. The girl cat avoids my 17 month old daughter, while the boy cat doesn't mind her at all.

Cassandra - posted on 08/27/2009

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Yes, you can keep your cat/s... There are only 2 things you need to watch for...

1. During pregnancy, try NOT to change the litter box... if you have to... put a mask over your mouth and nose. And wash your hands VERY well.

2. When your baby is born make sure that the cat/s can NOT get into the baby's room because some think that they are cuddly and want to sleep with them and do so too close to their airways or on top of their chests...



I have 2 Cats that I have had since before my son was born and he is just fine. And my cats want NOTHING to do with him even when he was born!

Good luck!

Renee - posted on 08/27/2009

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When i had my daughter i kept my cat and now they are best friends! I even have pictures of him getting in bed with her, we would always take him out but he would never sleep near her face or anything! I'm happy i never got rid of him.

Deborah - posted on 08/27/2009

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I had a cat when I was pregnant with my first. As has already been stated, don't clean the cat tray. Me and my cat were very close, she even slept in bed with me, usually curled around my head. She was on my lap all the time. Before my son was born, we had the cot set up and a few baby things around so that she got used to them. She sniffed at the cot and other items and that was it. She never tried to get in the cot and walked around the baby stuff on the floor. Once your baby is born, make sure your cat doesn't get in the cot/basket with them and just keep an eye. When the baby is asleep, have a curdle with your cat and keep giving the cat a fuss etc. It was never a problem. My son played on the floor with a baby gym over him from about 2 weeks olda and as before he was born, my cat walked around him. When the baby arrives, let the cat have a sniff and investigate, just watch them in case your cat gets excited. My cat was no longer with us when my second son was born, she was about 18 and got very ill so had to be put down. It's good to have pets with children, it helps them grow up to be more caring.

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