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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CHRIS - posted on 08/19/2009

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DON'T SCOOP THE LITTER WHILE PREGNANT , TO AVOID TOXOPLASMOSIS.

OTHER THAN THAT, THERES IS NO EARTHLY REASON NOT TO HAVE A KITTY AND A NEWBORN AS LONG AS YOU USE YOUR COMMON SENSE AND KEEP KITTY OUT OF BABYS ROOM .ATLEAST FOR THE FIRST FEW MONTHS.

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I don't see why not....I was told when I was PG not to do literbox duties but other then that I could keep her and we did. She because my daughter's protector at night while she sleep in her crib and was the one to get me if the baby was stirring. We eventually had to get rid of her due to asthma related problems with the baby but until that point they were together. We even have a dog so I don't see the problem with pets and young children. Just gotta teach them the right way to play with the animal and the wrong way.

Betsy - posted on 08/19/2009

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Whoever is telling you to get rid of your cat, doesn't like cats. Cats are no danger to the pregnancy or the baby. I would have someone else clean the box, if you can to be safe. I didn't have anyone to do it, but I've had cats all my life and always wash my hands afterwards.

We also put up a screen door on the baby's room just to be safe. The cats never tried to get in after that.

Not all cats are the same so just keep in tune with him and give him lots of attention when the baby is asleep.

Don't have the baby sleep in your bed, especially if the cat is used to sleeping with you (it's not a good habit anyway and very hard to break!)

It's good for kids to grow up with pets, but of course, if the pet starts getting uber jealous and hurting the baby, you may have no choice but to find him another home.

But seriously, if you can't give enough attention to one baby and one cat, don't have more kids...

Sarah - posted on 08/19/2009

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of course, hes part of ur family, just use a bag or gloves if u need to handle the cat litter (when pregant) and dont let him in ur babies cot, as long as u still make a fuss of ur cat and include him as u do now,youll be fine, my little girls 3 and her and my cat Dora are best friends

Sara - posted on 08/19/2009

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we kept our cat, the only thing we did is my husband cleaned the litter box during my pregnancy. my daughter is almost three now and we don't have any problems.

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2009

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Hi, i have had cats for all my kids lives and never beentold to get rid of them you just have to be careful cleaning the litter tray due to a parasite which can cause toxoplasmosis, if you can get someone to clean the tray for you thats good but if not take precautions, wear gloves and a mask or a towel around your face would do just as well and steralise your hands afterwards and you should be fine. Make sure too that the cat/kitten doesnt sleep with the baby and you shouldnt have any problems....Good luck :0) Amanda Bailey x

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2009

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its not that you cant keep it with cats whe n you are prego it something in the urine that can do something ot the fetus but the only thing you cant not do to prevent it is do not change the litter box and you wil lbe ok.

Ezra - posted on 08/19/2009

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as long as u r strict with keeping the two apart and never leave the baby alone with a cat in the room,keep an eye on where the cat is at all times and make sure u r as hygenic as possible and never have a litter tray lying around then there is absolutely no reason to get rid of the cat,hope that helps

Karadawn - posted on 08/19/2009

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absolutely!! we have 4 cats, & I have 3 children (all healthy) from 4 yrs old to 16....just dont change the litter box!!

Jan - posted on 08/19/2009

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My sister has 5 cat, all very dependant, her oldest is 4 youngest is 1, just don't clean the litter box, the cat will adjust.

Misti - posted on 08/19/2009

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There's no rule that says you can't keep your cat; but just be mindful because your baby may be allergic. When my first sone was born I had a cat who he was fine with no allergic reactions and the cat was his buddy. Unfortunately, our cat went to kittie heaven. My son was devastated so I got him another cat; which I found out he was allergic too. He just starting gettign these coughing spells and the only change was the type of cat we had. Different cats have different pet dander so just keep an eye out and make sure your little one doesn't have any adverse reactions and you'll be fine. If so better to say bye bye to the cat then make your little one uncomfortable!!!! Good luck!!!

Tracy - posted on 08/19/2009

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Keep your cat! I had cats while pregnant with my son and was told to just wear gloves and make sure I wash my hands after cleaning the litter box. No biggie.



If you notice the cat under stress while bringing baby items into the house, I would use the Feliway plug in. They work wonders. The only other suggestion would be to slowly introduce the cat to the baby-they will be uncertain especially with all the noise they make. Of course once baby is mobile watch out for him/her. From experience babies love to poke, tug, pull and hug, whether or not the cat/dog is the mood for lovin'. ;D

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I always had pets with my children--just watch them, they need to get used to the new one in the family--just while you are pregnant don't empty the litterbox it is harmful

Cleta - posted on 08/18/2009

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Keep your cat. I had a cat that would sleep all day and come out at night. She did not like anyone but me in the household. When I had my youngest daughter this cat would sleep under her basinette and if the baby cried the cat would jump on my chest and kneed to wake me to take care of the baby. The cat was a lot of help when I was so sound asleep.

Amanda - posted on 08/18/2009

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Im a mother of 2 healthy boys, and i also have 2 dogs and 1 cat. If people tell you, you have to get rid of them it bull$%^^. My kids are healthy and the pets get along great with the kids. Keep your pets, their like your children.

Lynette - posted on 08/18/2009

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We kept our three loveable cats, but all our cats love to cuddle up to us so we were very careful to make sure they were not left alone with our baby, as we had heard of cases where they had jumped in the cot for some company and accidentally suffocated the baby. As long as you are sensible & check the room before closing the door and leaving the baby, there is honestly no need to get rid of your pet.

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Unless you have a vicious cat i wouldnt worry about it.. i had my cat for a few years when I got pregnant..and before my son was even born the day i got the nursery ready...my cat would pee in the crib.... she didnt go near me when i was about 7 mo pregnant it was so weird how she knew...i watched them close whenever they were in the same room.. she started out growling at the new baby..but eventually learned to live with him.... and after some time was absolutly fine....and lived to be 14 years old..you just have to watch the cat box.. you dont want a baby crawling around cat litter..thats just common sense.. 20 years ago when i was pregnant i didnt know that preg women wernt suppose to change the litter box but i did and we are just fine. I consider the family pet as part of the family and my kids are teen agers now and we have always had pets..always cats.. we have had dogs.. guinea pigs..bunny..hamsters,mice..birds (over the years not all at once !!) and i think its important to have animals in childrens lives...

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Unless you have a vicious cat i wouldnt worry about it.. i had my cat for a few years when I got pregnant..and before my son was even born the day i got the nursery ready...my cat would pee in the crib.... she didnt go near me when i was about 7 mo pregnant it was so weird how she knew...i watched them close whenever they were in the same room.. she started out growling at the new baby..but eventually learned to live with him.... and after some time was absolutly fine....and lived to be 14 years old..you just have to watch the cat box.. you dont want a baby crawling around cat litter..thats just common sense.. 20 years ago when i was pregnant i didnt know that preg women wernt suppose to change the litter box but i did and we are just fine. I consider the family pet as part of the family and my kids are teen agers now and we have always had pets..always cats.. we have had dogs.. guinea pigs..bunny..hamsters,mice..birds (over the years not all at once !!) and i think its important to have animals in childrens lives...

Elisabeth - posted on 08/18/2009

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I have had cats both time I was pregnant and kept them you just need to be careful when cleaning the litter

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I had the same, I had someone tell me I had to get rid of my cat & I said, why should I, my cat has been around longer than the baby, plus he is like my sons'. I kept my cat, used gloves when I had to change the kitty litter. My son was born fine and my cat is protective, not just of my eldest son but of my youngest as well & after nearly 4 years he is yet to sleep in the kids beds.

Rebecca - posted on 08/18/2009

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I bought a cat shortly before my 2nd was born, so long as you keep it out of the babys room it should be fine.

Brandi - posted on 08/17/2009

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HI . I did have a cat during my pregnancy and after..My big suggestion is let someone else clean the litter box and always wash your hands after handling the cat..When the baby arrives just ask the doc about any possible concerns..The kitty will probably be curious and want to sniff and even cuddle...Just remember that happy kitties like to knead with there paws and claws..Of course I probably wouldn't let the cat get that comfy until the baby is past infancy..

Congratulations,

Brandi

Sharon - posted on 08/17/2009

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HEY!! Its post 192 - ONE HUNDRED & NINETY TWO!! Do we think Ms. Debra Louise Curnock has gotten the point that she CAN INDEED keep her pussy?

Molly - posted on 08/17/2009

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I kept my cat through my pregnancy and still have her. I had a mask and gloves while I was pregnant for cleaning the litter box and made sure to wash my hands very thoroughly. Still, if someone else is with you it would be best to have them clean the litter box to be on the safe side. I never had any trouble with my cat bothering my daughter as an infant and she is pretty dependent on me as well! good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2009

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With my first baby the doctor told me to get rid of my cat, which I did, and I regret it. With few next children I found out that the only real problem with cats is the urine and feces carry a disease that only affects your unborn child so. . . you can keep your cat just stay away from the litter box and make someone else clean it out, often.

Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2009

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With my first baby the doctor told me to get rid of my cat, which I did, and I regret it. With few next children I found out that the only real problem with cats is the urine and feces carry a disease that only affects your unborn child so. . . you can keep your cat just stay away from the litter box and make someone else clean it out, often.

Loretta - posted on 08/17/2009

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My three children were all raised with at least one cat in the house. I never did find out where they got that information from other than an old wives tale. My old cat slept on my daughter's pillow when she had her own bed until she became a teenager and I thought it was a wonderful showing of love from him to her. I think that they know that babies are babies and want to help watch out for them. That is. . . if you have a good cat. I would question a cat that is allowed to scratch and bite. It really does depend on the temperament of the pet. Be it a cat or a dog.

Erin - posted on 08/17/2009

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I have 5 kids all much older now of course but I have had cats and dogs and never had to get rid of any of them. I did read about the cat liter can cause a problem so make sure you wear rubber gloves when changing litter and of course wash your hands after and you'll be fine. Now if your cats is protective over you, you might have some troulbe just watch how the cat reacts then go from there....Good luck, I know I love my animals and the kids can grow with the animals...

Carrie - posted on 08/17/2009

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you shouldn't deal with the litter while pregnant, but after is ok. my cat would sleep under my baby's crib, like he was guarding her! you just have to watch that the cat doesn't scratch, or the baby doesn't pull tail or fur. the cat was part of your life before the baby, it just has to adjust like everyone else in the home. i was advised by pediatrician to bring home a blanket that baby had been wrapped in at the hospital so the cat could get used to the smell before the baby arrived home.

Cassidy - posted on 08/17/2009

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Yes, you can keep your cat. I have two kittens. The only thing that you really shouldn't be doing is changing the litter box. Also, once the baby is born you should not allow your cats near the baby out of your eyesite because they sometimes tend to lay on the babies mouth because of the smell of milk and can suffocate the baby.

Aimee - posted on 08/17/2009

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we have 4 cats! had them all through my pregnancy, just dont clean up their poop! my boy is 16 months now and they honestly have never been a problem. we just keep them out of the baby's room. x

Dawn - posted on 08/17/2009

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Hi,when i was expecting my daughter I had 2 cats and they were fine with her. Just make sure they don't go in the baby's room or bed and dont leave it alone with them for the first year or so. Also if u have a litter tray wear gloves when cleaning it out. Try not make the cat feel pushed out and also you will find 'presents' on the doorstep,(mice,birds). This is because the cat knows whats going on and is trying to pay is way. Hope this helps.

Jill - posted on 08/17/2009

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I have two cats and a dog. My kids love the pets as do I. My X-Monster in law was all freaked out and told me to get rid of the cats because cats will suck the breath out of babies...such a croc of shit. You just have to make sure that your kitty does not want to go and pee on it or something like that....don't worry.

Gina - posted on 08/17/2009

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Keep your kitty for goodness sake. Just make someone else clean out the kitty litter box. There is something in their poop that is toxic, so just stay away from their poop! :)

Andy-lynn - posted on 08/17/2009

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I was pregnet, and had a 14year old cat, that was my husband for 11years. just the two of them.. but this old cat was fine with the baby. just walk around her. and ajusted to time not spent on him... the just curl on an empty lap when it was available.

don't clean the litter boxs. and an inside cat isn't as dangerouis as out side cats.

Isabel - posted on 08/17/2009

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I can't believe that you have asked this question. Crikey, I have two cats (one 13 years and the other 9) and would never consider getting rid of them. They were my babies before my twins came along, but now, even though they have to take a backseat, have settled in really well with the additions. They don't even go into the babies room... Keep your Cat, as it will be a great little friend to your new baby also.

Take Care.

Jswanette - posted on 08/17/2009

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I was told by my doctor that if the cat is an indoor pet and does not go outside u can keep it but u cant change the kitty litter...everything was ok...

Angelique - posted on 08/16/2009

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I have a 6 month old son and 3 cats! The oldest is 11 yrs, then 9 and 3. Just don't scoop the litter while pregnant. There is no reason to get rid of your cat - who ever told you to get rid of it sounds misinformed.

Angelique - posted on 08/16/2009

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I have a 6 month old son and 3 cats! The oldest is 11 yrs, then 9 and 3. Just don't scoop the litter while pregnant. There is no reason to get rid of your cat - who ever told you to get rid of it sounds misinformed.

Elisabete - posted on 08/16/2009

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who ld you that you cant keep the cat?thats silly i have 2 dogs and 4 cats and 5 kids goin on 6 and ive never gotten rid of any of my pets during my pregnancys or ahvign my babys .my dog was even there for my daughters birth?

cats are great with children as long as you dnt ignore it but all you ahve to do it keep the cat away from the babys room or where the baby sleeps so he /she dnt jump in the babys bed and suffecate it (not on purpose)but cats like to ehar the baby breath and snuggle against them so keeping the door closed is a good option but you dnt have to egt rid of it .just dnt clean the cat box but if you ahve to wear gloves and wash your hands after words.

Elisabete - posted on 08/16/2009

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who ld you that you cant keep the cat?thats silly i have 2 dogs and 4 cats and 5 kids goin on 6 and ive never gotten rid of any of my pets during my pregnancys or ahvign my babys .my dog was even there for my daughters birth?

cats are great with children as long as you dnt ignore it but all you ahve to do it keep the cat away from the babys room or where the baby sleeps so he /she dnt jump in the babys bed and suffecate it (not on purpose)but cats like to ehar the baby breath and snuggle against them so keeping the door closed is a good option but you dnt have to egt rid of it .just dnt clean the cat box but if you ahve to wear gloves and wash your hands after words.

Jade - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hey :)

Everyone told me that too coz i have two cats but i still have them. Ya just gotta keep an eye on them when they are around bubs.

Jade - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hey :)

Everyone told me that too coz i have two cats but i still have them. Ya just gotta keep an eye on them when they are around bubs.

Leslie - posted on 08/16/2009

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I had 5 cats when my son was born and had no problems! If you're pregnant, you are suppose to have someone else clean out the cat box. Your cat is part of your family - I don't think you will have any problems.

Emily - posted on 08/16/2009

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Since when do our pets become disposible when we get pregnant? I have 4 cats and have never had a problem with them. My doctor even told me I could clean the litter box while pregnant, as long as I wore gloves and washed my hands right after! My son is 15 months now and he LOVES the cats. I keep my kitchen gated off so he cant get into the food/water and litter box. What's the big deal?

Nicolle - posted on 08/16/2009

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YES YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CAT I HAVE A CAT AND I NEVER GOT RID OF HER..YOU JUST CANT CLEAN THE LITTLE BOX..

Kithara - posted on 08/16/2009

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i kept my cat and have had two kids... the only thing i didnt do was mess with the litter box...

Michele - posted on 08/16/2009

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Quoting debra louise:

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

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



I would do what my doctor tells me to do...but, I kept mine, I just didn't mess with the litterbox. I had two kids and cats with both...it's just the litterbox that is a concern but if you have someone else who can change it...then I'd say you are fine...but NOTE: I am NOT a doctor!!

BillieJean - posted on 08/16/2009

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When i was due I also had a cat... she was inside all the time and younger. when I got closer to my due date I ended up putting her outside for the first few days I brought my daughter home so she was an inside/outside cat but I never got rid of her and I even let her come back in the house after I got my daughters room done. Now that my daughter is older she loves her and its more her cat then it is mine any more lol ...



Just never scoop the litter box while you are pregnant and have someone else do it... That is the other issue...



I did have a problem with my cat trying to lay next to my daughter and sleep but it was more towards her head but im thinking thats because of the milk so watch that also...

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