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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I don't see why not. I know plenty of people who had cats during their pregnancies, including my daughter. She just made sure that someone else changed the litter box. If you don't have anyone else there to do it, you could buy some of those disposable gloves, but I would think it would be much safer to find someone else to do it. There's a risk of something called toxoplasmosis from handling the litter box that is dangerous for the baby. As long as you don't handle the litter box there shouldn't be any problem.

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The only reason I know of not being able to keep a cat is the litter box. Pregnant women are not supposed to come in contact with cat litter boxes or change them or touch them because it can harm the baby. I kept my cats, Doctor just told me not to come in contact with the litter boxes and I was fine.

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i always had pets while i was haveing and raiseing my kids... cats and dogs..and my kids r well and growing up just fine..

Amanda - 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!!!



hi ive got 3 cats and they no bother at all ive two boys who now 10 and 4 so i dont see why u cant keep him xx

Patsy - posted on 08/16/2009

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Pets are good for children. Children with pets learn compassion nd responsibility. of course you will have to make sure your child is safe, but you don't have to get rid of the cat, you won't send this child away if you have another. You'll make sure he/she doesn't hurt the baby.

Stina - posted on 08/16/2009

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Um. yes. Keep your cat. Lots of families have cats. I had a cat and a dog when dd #2 was born.

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Quoting Krista:



Quoting Angie:




Quoting Krista:





Quoting Angie:

This is how I look at it...1 cat dies 10 more are born! HAHAHAHAHA









Was this supposed to make sense?













BWAHAHAHAHA:) Anyways...where I come from cats are very disposable...








 But I felt left out so I thought it would be good to be among of the crazies! :)









WTF? Cats are disposable?  That's gotta be one of the most moronic things I have ever heard!  Like they're diapers or some crap?





i agree! WTF cats can feel as much as you! u arent disposable! your comment was inappropriate because obviously some people actually care about animals.......

Staceybest - posted on 08/16/2009

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the cats fur can get down you baby throught and cause a bad reaction causing the childs throught to swell so i have been told but we kept our cat. he didnt go near my baby he would sit and make shure my son was ok but didnt dare go near its like they sence it or some thing. just make shure your cat doesnt sleep anywere near your baby and that hands are washed after patting the cat before you hold your child. do what you think is right your pet is family too

Katherine - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hi, I have a cat and a dog and they are fine around my 7 week old baby. Just be careful that the cat doesnt go sit near your baby if he/she is asleep and dont let it in babys bedroom. Do what you feel is best x

Gail - posted on 08/16/2009

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I have 2 cats. You can't touch the litter while pregnant and I keep both my cats out of Sioned's room but they all get along.

User - posted on 08/16/2009

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I think having a cat and taking care of the cat while you are preg. and after, you will be fine. My sister had 3 kids while having 1 cat, all the kids were fine and the cat never bothered them. She did get a lil nosey soemtimes, but nothing to be concerned about.

If you love the cat as a family member then I don't see why you can't keep it.

You said your cat is still a kitten, ( 1 year ) that is good because the cat and the child can really grow with each other. Good Luck on whatever decision you make.

GINA - posted on 08/15/2009

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WEAR GLOVES CLEANING OUT LITTER TRAY, OR GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT OTHER THAN THAT THERE ISNT A REASON WHY YOU SHOULDNT KEEP YOUR CAT.....IVE ALWAYS HAD THEM WITH ALL MY CHILDREN

Carrie - posted on 08/15/2009

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we have a dog & had a cat (he jus passed in july) our daughter was born in may, the cat did fantasic with her he never bothered her or tried to sleep on her head bc it was warm like ive heard ppl say or lick her bc of the smell of milk he would come in her room w me & lay on the floor btween her crib & my rocker while i feed her & lay on the floor in front of her bassinet, he slept n bed w my husband & i & would jus act normal when she cried (she stayed in her bassinet rite next to our bed, but never in our bed) ull get it figured out jus dont panic the baby & pets can tell ur tense

Cassandra - posted on 08/15/2009

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there is no reason that you should get rid of your cat. just dont clean that litter box that is extremely dangerous. I have great pics with one of our old cats take naps with our son.

Rebecca - posted on 08/15/2009

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I had a cat when I was pregnant and my daughter was born. Yes my husband had to clean out the litter box but no we did not get rid of him. When our daughter was born he was very protective of her. When she would wake up in the middle of the night he would hear her on the monitor and come nudge one of us to say "hey get up and take care of her!" Cats are part of the family also. So no need to get rid of it.

Bobbie - posted on 08/15/2009

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I was 20 yrs old and preggo with my first. All doc said was not to change the litter box. After the baby was born, Kitty was very protective, I couldn't keep the cat away from my son. My son is a special needs boy and that cat absolutely loved him. He never went after his mouth,(this is the precaution ppl talk about) but other than that where ever my son was that darn cat had to be. Yes including the crib, but always slept at the foot of the bed. I took it that the cat was kinda like a guardian for him. Hope it helps

Brandy - posted on 08/15/2009

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we kept both our cats, we set up the crib early and but lint rollor sheets in it to train the cat not to jump in, it took a few weeks, my son is 18 months old and the cats never jumped into the crib.

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I had the same cat for 10 years....... i never changed the litter when i was pregnate and she never tried to suffociate my daughter, she has never even scratched my kid. If your afraid of what the cat could do when your sleeping make sure your door is closed and the cat sleeps else where!

Samantha - posted on 08/15/2009

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Of course you can keep your cat! You just need a few simple precautions during your pregnancy and once the baby has arrived.

Getting someone to clean the litter box for you is good doing pregnancy, but if you need to do it yourself, just take the precaution of wearing gloves when scooping poop and wash your hands after.

Once the baby arrives, ensure your puss can't access the baby's cot or bassinette during sleep times (nothing is as warm and cosy as a sleeping baby - cats like to snuggle, too) and monitor how your bub and puss interact when baby becomes more aware of his surroundings and becomes 'grabby'.

My husband and I have a large dog and 2 cats and all 3 pets remained as indoor pets once our baby arrived home. The cats both investigated him when he was very new and once they had a sniff and a rub against him they accepted him as just another fixture in the home - like most cats, they tend to ignore him unless it suits them!

Our bub dearly loves all of them and loves to touch them and interact with them - we just keep a close eye that he doesn't get too grabby. All 3 pets make an escpae once they have had their fill of his attention and they want some space!

Just remember that your cat enjoys a bit of me time with you, give him his own space to escape to from baby and you should be fine!

Children who grow up with pets receive all sorts of mental and health benefits. The risk of allergies is reduced, it's a good old boost for the immune system and they learn affection and empathy for other creatures. Having pets to hug and pat also releases 'feel good' hormones and reduces stress. Have fun!

Norma - posted on 08/15/2009

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I had 3 cats while i was pregnant with both my children. The only thing my doctor said was that I could not change the litter. So he said i could keep them as long as someone else changes the litter box.

MANDY - posted on 08/15/2009

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u can keep ur cat..just dont mess w the litterbox. they say the cat will try to lick the milk around the babys mouth and sufocate them, or smother them by sleeping on their head but if u start now by teaching the cat to stay away from babies bed u should b ok..i sprayed my cat with water bottle...NEVER WAS I GONNA GET RID OF MY PET, WHEN THAT IS SOMRTHING THAT I COULD PREVENT.

Jessica - posted on 08/15/2009

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As long as you dont let the cat sleep with the baby and dont handle the litter box messes while pregnant I say keep your cat.

Holly - posted on 08/15/2009

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yes is ok !! i had cat !! just dont let him on counters,in crib,dont clean litter box or wash well after and use gloves can get bad disease from litter boxes and cats pooh !!!

Malissa - posted on 08/15/2009

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the reason they say to get rid of cats is because the risk of toxoplasmosis which is a parasite that cats carry. if you take your cat to the vet, tell them your prego and that you want your cat screened for/treated if it is positive. then you just need to be super hygenic when cleaning the litter box. wear a surgical mask so you dont breathe in any dust ( you can ask your vet if they can give you a few, they are very cheap so they usually will give you some) and them just wash your hands super well. theres no reason the give away your kitty! i used to be a veterinary technician so take my word for it.....

Malissa - posted on 08/15/2009

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the reason they say to get rid of cats is because the risk of toxoplasmosis which is a parasite that cats carry. if you take your cat to the vet, tell them your prego and that you want your cat screened for/treated if it is positive. then you just need to be super hygenic when cleaning the litter box. wear a surgical mask so you dont breathe in any dust ( you can ask your vet if they can give you a few, they are very cheap so they usually will give you some) and them just wash your hands super well. theres no reason the give away your kitty! i used to be a veterinary technician so take my word for it.....

Malissa - posted on 08/15/2009

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the reason they say to get rid of cats is because the risk of toxoplasmosis which is a parasite that cats carry. if you take your cat to the vet, tell them your prego and that you want your cat screened for/treated if it is positive. then you just need to be super hygenic when cleaning the litter box. wear a surgical mask so you dont breathe in any dust ( you can ask your vet if they can give you a few, they are very cheap so they usually will give you some) and them just wash your hands super well. theres no reason the give away your kitty! i used to be a veterinary technician so take my word for it.....

Robin - posted on 08/15/2009

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Yes you can keep your cat. All you have to do is be sure and keep the area the baby sleeps in closed off from the cat..Just watch the kitty around the baby as well..You will be surprised at how uninterested he will be with the baby. He might sniff the baby or something like that but he most likely will completely disregard the fact that the baby is there..We kept all of our cats when our daughter was born..They could careless that she was there. Dont get rid of your baby just because you are getting a new addition to the family. Just dont fool with the litter box at all, have the hubby take care of it.

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I had 3 cats while I was pregnant and one of the cats had a litter of about 5 kittens after my daughter was born. I don't know why you were told you couldn't have a cat but to let you know, it helps a child growing up with a pet to learn how to handle and care for one, cat or dog. Is anyone in your family allergic to cats? Other than allergies, I don't see why you can't keep your pet. There is a myth that a cat can sufficate a baby by sleeping in the crib with it. I never had a problem with the cats I had trying to sleep with my daughter and really not even sure if the myth can happen. I would recommend to you to keep your cat and keep an eye on it with the baby for a while.

If you are pregnant and cleaning a cat box, there is a possibility of getting sick, but you can get sick cleaning a cat box and NOT be preganant so not sure how real this is.

Nicole - posted on 08/15/2009

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We kept our cat but I do suggest not changing the litter, I did not change the litter at all. We did purchase a crib tent just in case turns out we needed them for the babies from getting out not that cat getting in. Our cat wanted nothing to do with the twins. She never even tried to get near them until about 2 yrs ago. I have a older daughter so she was used to having kids round.



Here are some true facts about having cats around newborns. There is many myths about having cats.



http://www.paws.org/cas/resources/fact_s...



I wish you the best for everyone :)

Cassandra - posted on 08/15/2009

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Just don't change the litter! I have 2 cats, they are wonderful with my son, they'll let him grab their fur and wiskers and not do a thing about it.

Carrie - posted on 08/15/2009

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We were told this also but we kept the cat. We have just started training her before our kids were born that she can not go into their room. (we just sprayed her with water from a bottle) she does not goin the kids rooms now and they are 7 & 3. We never had a problem with our cat going into the kids rooms or wanting to sleep with the baby. She would sit out side their door and when the kids would wake or stir she would meow to let us know. Your pets are just like your kids and you would not get rid of them if the dr told you they are going to make you pull out your hair. Pets are loved and have feeling also I say keep the pet and just train them to stay away from the baby. I hope this helps!

Cazz - posted on 08/15/2009

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it is ok to keep your cat just so long as you are careful about toxoplasmosis i think its called, basically when u change your litter tray u must be very careful not to touch it but i always doubled up some gloves and it was fine, better yet ask someone to help u do it if possible, if not try to touch it as little as possible, the other thing with cats is that they like to snuggle so when baby is born you must be careful about the cat snuggling up over his head etc but u can buy cat nets etc i think and if u r still worried u could buy a baba sling or smg then baby will always be with u my friend has 3 cats and no problems when her daughter was a baby nor did i have when my sons were little with her cats, and now my baby is here they are fine with him too, our best buy for baby was a swing though, you can use it from birth and because it is moving the cats tend not to go near it so they wont sit in it if he not there lol, i hope this helps and congratulations.

Tracy - posted on 08/15/2009

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i definitely kept my cat while i was pregnant with both of my children - just don't change the litter yourself or let him/her near your face after being in the litterbox. My cat used to curl up either on or beside my belly during both pregnancies

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There is a risk concern with the litter box. However if you have had the cat for awhile and are normally the one who cleans for him, you are most likely completely immune to it already. I'd suggest getting someone else to clean the litter box to stay safe, but there is no reason you should get rid of your pet. The stress from the loss would be more damaging than good. Also keep in mind that this is for people who have been cat owners a while before ever becoming pregnant. You should NOT get a new cat while you are already pregnant!

Elaina - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have three cats, and the only thing my doctor told me when I was pregnant was not to clean the litter box. Which was great nine months no litter box. Yeah!!! Baby was born cats were around no prob. Some say kids actually have less allergy problems when they grow up with pets in the house.

Dina - posted on 08/14/2009

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I adopted my cat when he was 8 months old and I was 7 months pregnant..All was told to me was not to change the litter...It is OK to keep your cat..When ur baby naps give the cat the attention he would normally before the baby came home...Also make sure to introduce the cat to the newest member of the family and he will adjust fine...

Good Luck

Jonni - posted on 08/14/2009

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You can defianately keep your pets...you just have to stay away from the litter box while pregnant.

Pam - posted on 08/14/2009

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You don't need to get rid of your cat. I have always had a cat when I was pregnant. They all attacked me when I was pregnant, but they never ever hurt one of the kids. Keep your cat.

Katherine - posted on 08/14/2009

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Yes you can keep your cat. Do NOT, however, deal with his litter box while you are pregnant. There is a bacteria in his feces that can cause harm to your unborn child. Have your husband or a relative do that chore for you. I have two cats, a turtle, and possibly a new puppy and I don't plan on giving up any of my pets. Good Luck!

Katherine - posted on 08/14/2009

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Yes you can keep your cat. Do NOT, however, deal with his litter box while you are pregnant. There is a bacteria in his feces that can cause harm to your unborn child. Have your husband or a relative do that chore for you. I have two cats, a turtle, and possibly a new puppy and I don't plan on giving up any of my pets. Good Luck!

Katherine - posted on 08/14/2009

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Yes you can keep your cat. Do NOT, however, deal with his litter box while you are pregnant. There is a bacteria in his feces that can cause harm to your unborn child. Have your husband or a relative do that chore for you. I have two cats, a turtle, and possibly a new puppy and I don't plan on giving up any of my pets. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2009

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The real question is why are you told to get rid of your cat? I had a simular situation as many others and had to have my husband clean the litter. There is a potentially harmfull bacteria in the cats waste products. If you live alone perhaps a freind or family member can help you out.



As for living with the cat and baby. Our two cats avoided the baby and spend many years hiding out in the safety of our bed room.



Good luck making the best decicion for your new family.

Karen - posted on 08/14/2009

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I've kept all of my pets. I was just told that while I was pregnant that I COULD NOT change the kitty litter, because of the cats urine. You really don't want to inhale that stuff especially if you are prego. They say it causes some kind of eye degeneration in your baby.

Diane - posted on 08/14/2009

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it is better to have pets around babies, children raised from early on have less alleries to animals versus children raised without pets. The only thing about cats is you cannot under no circumstance change the cat litter, when your pregnant. If there is no one there to change it for you then you shouldn't have a cat, but if other is there to change it, then by all means enjoy the love of your recent family member.

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when i was pregnant i went to go stay wit my cousin and she has two cats. what they did is after i had my son they took a blanket he was wrapped in and let the cats sniff it and lay on it so that they could get use to his scent. when i bought him home they were curious but none of them tried to hurt him in fact one of her cats would lay at the end of the bed when he was sleeping. alot of animals are protective of lil babies. so i dont think you should have any worries but do give them time to adjust to the baby.

Krista - posted on 08/14/2009

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Quoting Angie:



Quoting Krista:




Quoting Angie:

This is how I look at it...1 cat dies 10 more are born! HAHAHAHAHA







Was this supposed to make sense?










BWAHAHAHAHA:) Anyways...where I come from cats are very disposable...






 But I felt left out so I thought it would be good to be among of the crazies! :)





WTF? Cats are disposable?  That's gotta be one of the most moronic things I have ever heard!  Like they're diapers or some crap?

Ri - posted on 08/14/2009

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I kept my 3 cats! They were my first babies and my kiddos are healthy happy and love our animals! We even have a dog now! I didn't scoop the litter while prego cause thats the thing they worried about the most so I made my man do it! I say keep em!

Marijke - posted on 08/14/2009

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If you keep it clean (not sterile) I don't see the problem. Indeed be carfull with cats during your pregnancy. We have 2 doggs and we're not even considering rehoming them. If you prepare your pet, it will be fine. Don't overprotect your child, your pet may get jalous.

If anyting your child will be less likely to develop allergies.

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