Cats and Babies

Dee - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Any suggestions with cats and babies? Is it unhealthy for newborns to be by cats and should I keep them out of the nursery so hair doesn't get everywhere?

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Lyndsay - posted on 04/29/2009

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We have 4 cats (inside only, to keep them safe). We just keep the door to my daughter's room closed so they won't sleep in her crib (and helps with the hair problem). My daughter is 2 now, and loves them. One of them even lets her kiss him. I also block off rooms that have litter boxes with baby gates.

Amie - posted on 04/29/2009

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Just keep an eye on the cats. Being near baby isn't always the problem. We had one female we had to get rid of because she wouldn't stop peeing everywhere! She was marking her territory which of course set off our other cats and they'd pee or spray over top of where she'd gone. We tried everything to get her to stop but ultimately she's gone to a new family. Our other cats have stopped doing this too since she's been gone.. thank god too the smell took forever to clean and get out of the house.
Our other kitties aren't that bad with our newborn, our females could care less honestly but our males are funny. Anytime she makes even a squeak they'll go running to check on her, sniff her, then go about their business if when they deem her ok. We have one that will lay next to her (and actually licked her head once) when we are changing her diaper. She hates diaper changing and always screams her head off, the one in particular always jumps up to the changing table and meows at her. None of ours have ever had a problem with their claws either but we've had them as long as we've had kids so they know better. They will swat at the kids if they get to be too annoying but never with their claws. It's kinda funny to watch cause really a cats swat has nothing behind it without the claws but the kids get the point anyway. LOL!

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I have 3 cats. Each one is different with her, one won't go near her but to smell her and walk away, one will lay near her feet (like if she's on the floor), and the other one snuggles right up to her but only if I am holding her. She's good with the cats and they are good with her. I keep the litter boxes downstairs so she's never exposed.

Tanyalee - posted on 04/29/2009

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I have a cat, and she doesnt go anywhere near my son..she is afaird for him. but if you notice your cat being around your baby then keep the cat out of the nursery because some cats like to get up by the babies face.

Holly - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a cat when my little girl was born and if you have ever heard the story that your mother or your grandmother told you about cats sucking babies breath at night... I found it to be false. My cat was very open , nice , and a big help with my daughter. Call me crazy but one night my daugher had threw up all in her bed and the baby monitor had died in the middle of the night well while we was sleeping my cat pounced on the bed waking me up , then started meowing and walking towards my daughters room. I followed of course and sure enough my baby was sleeping her her throw up . Cats are very smart I believe. But anyway , I think cats are fine in a home with babies as long as your child has no dander allergies . I always vaccum my daughters room as well as the house a hundred times, but then again I have a long haired kitty cat. Over all only you know what you should do . If you trust your animal and it doesnt harm your baby then keep her and she should be fine. And hair vaccums up , you can always keep the babies room closed

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Renee - posted on 04/30/2009

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We've had our cat for 6 yrs. Before our son came to us. She's an indoor cat. We kept her out of the nursery for the most part.

Our son is fine. Never had any probs due to the cat.

Katie - posted on 04/30/2009

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I have 2 cats and a dog and both of my children have been fine.The doctor said having animals around children at a young age will help in reducing the likely hood of them developing allergies to animals late on.

Helena - posted on 04/30/2009

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I'd prob keep them out of the nursery, just in case the cot looks comfy and they decide they want to get in with the baby! my cat has always ben protective of my children-sounds stupid! but, If they ever wake up and cry, the cat goes in to their room and 'checks' on them! then sits and meows! i don't think there's any prob having them in your house, as long as they've had all their jabs etc... :)

Amber - posted on 04/30/2009

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We have two dogs and one cat and none of our animals are a threat at all to our baby. We did however teach each one of the pets that the baby is the boss over them. They need to know that they can't be all over the baby. Our cat isn't really interested in the baby at all just the baby toys and stuff. And to shock everyone one of our dogs is a PIT BULL oooo scary I know lol. Our animals all know to respect the baby the same way they respect us. It was important to teach them what was acceptable and what wasn't when the baby first came home, but now I trust all of them. I don't believe all the things people say obviously you know how many people tell me how my pit bull is going to kill me or crazy things like that when in reality he gets picked on by the cat and the smaller dog. Just set boundaries would be my suggestion.

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Thank you Dee for asking this question! I have a 2yr old and am due in July for my second and we got a cat in March and I was wondering about this very thing! Thanks to everyone's answers as well because now I am more at ease about having a newborn and a cat and what I can somewhat expect. He is an inside cat and he was fixed and declawed by his previous owner. His breed is a Bengal and when fully grown they are quite big cats but really big babies themselves...lol.

Di - posted on 04/30/2009

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My sister lived with me with her cat when I had my son and i got so frustrated with everyone telling me to get rid of the cat or it will suffocate my son.
the cat was scared of him and wouldnt even go near him.
same with my dog, i was told he should become an outdoor pet once my son was born, no way was I going to put my puppy out!!! he would have found it harder to adapt to bubba if i turned his world upside down by putting him out.
My son loves cats and dogs, and at 7months he loves to touch them and hear the sounds they make, he smiles at my puppy when hegets up in the morning coz he loves him.
I think it is great for baby's development to have a pet. ANd i would never give up a pet as they are just as much a family member as my son.

Melissa - posted on 04/29/2009

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I have 2 extremely loveable cats and everyone told me when I was pregnant that I'd have to get rid of them. But I haven't had any issues with them around my son. I've caught them in his crib on occasion, but only if he's not in it. They don't like to be that close to him lol. I just boot them out and lint roll the blankets. I don't keep them locked out of his room anymore. I did in the very beginning but found that because it was off limits to them it was more interesting and they bacame fixated on getting in there lol. As soon as let them in they walked around for awhile, got sick of it and left. Still to this day if I close the door they sit there pawing at it trying to get in. As soon as i open it thye leave. My son absolutely loves the cats and just smiles like crazy when they come near him. My Dr. had told me that because I was around cats (and dogs) during my pregnancy my son was less likely to have allergies. Just keep an eye on them when they are together and there shouldn't be any issues!

Claire - posted on 04/29/2009

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Poor cats, they get such a bad rap don't they?? My daughter is 5 months old and obsessed with the cat. I was really worried at first but the cat has taken really well to her. Yes i have found him snuggled in her cot on occasion (when she wasn't in it) or on the change table!! But of course i do my best to keep him out of there. I was brought up with animals and believe it's a positive thing for children, as long as you keep an eye out at all times of course.

Autumn - posted on 04/29/2009

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I have two cats and they've never been a problem. In fact a newborn that is around a lot of pet hair and dander is less likely to have allergies to the animal. I would suggest, however, keeping the cat out of the room when the baby is sleeping at night and napping. Sometimes cats want to lay on top of the newborn and this could suffocate the baby. Other than that no worries. My son is 13 months now and he loves our kitties. :)

Lindsay - posted on 04/29/2009

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my daughter has some medicl problems where she can get any weird infection out there so i call her drs before i got a cat and they said it was fine just dont let her around the cat littler

Kate CP - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Jenna:

We have a cat... and before our daughter was born... we found her laying in the crib on a few occasions... so we put Tinfoil down in her crib... and when the cat jumped in the next time... she landed on the tinfoil... freaked out and jumped out... and never went back in the crib... :) That was my only concern about our cat when we had our baby... The cat doesn't pay the baby any attention...


That's actually a really good idea. I usually use tape with the sticky side up but tinfoil is a much better idea. :)

Kate CP - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Jenna:

We have a cat... and before our daughter was born... we found her laying in the crib on a few occasions... so we put Tinfoil down in her crib... and when the cat jumped in the next time... she landed on the tinfoil... freaked out and jumped out... and never went back in the crib... :) That was my only concern about our cat when we had our baby... The cat doesn't pay the baby any attention...


That's actually a really good idea. I usually use tape with the sticky side up but tinfoil is a much better idea. :)

Jenna - posted on 04/29/2009

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We have a cat... and before our daughter was born... we found her laying in the crib on a few occasions... so we put Tinfoil down in her crib... and when the cat jumped in the next time... she landed on the tinfoil... freaked out and jumped out... and never went back in the crib... :) That was my only concern about our cat when we had our baby... The cat doesn't pay the baby any attention...

User - posted on 04/29/2009

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My little one won't be born til Oct.3rd (first kid).
My 2 kitties are indoor only - I do recommend spaying& neutering if you haven't...I did the same with my dogs.safe for them,no nasty "mating season problems" for me...I love my pets.I'd just be careful the kitty wouldn't crawl into the baby's crib.
I agree with keeping litter boxes very clean as well (this should be an issue for animal welfare anyway...they need daily scooping,it's hygenic ^.^ )
Don't worry about the baby playing around or with the kitty when they get a bit older,just make sure the cat doesn't go into the crib (I know from experience my cats tend to like on chests& try to lay on faces...so I won't be having them in the nursery room for that reason.You might not have that particular problem with yours.)
Just be careful,animals can be curious.
But I think all little ones like to have pets around.

BTW,I'm allergic to cats.Have been my whole life.Pet allergies aren't cause for alarm.
It's one of my worse (i'm asthmatic on top of that) - but natural allergies like pets,flowers& the like,people can live comfortably with...it's the chemical allergies you have to be weary of.

Rosetta - posted on 04/28/2009

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Also I think cats that go outdoors should not be around babies. Its too many germs out there my cats never go out

Roxanne - posted on 04/28/2009

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I just had my daughter in March and I have one cat and so far nothing has happened but I try to keep the cat off my lap when I'm holding her. I also tried to keep the cat out of her room but it didn't work and she was laying in her pack and play for the longest time but now she is fine and doesn't lay in there anymore. I also tried to make sure that I still payed attention to the cat so they don't feel like they are forgotten because mine became really jealous of the attention the baby was getting and still somewhat is but its gotten a lot better. Just use your own judgement and remember your the boss not the cat! lol :)

Rosetta - posted on 04/28/2009

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Well my daughter is 16 months and I love cats we have always had one every since I was preaganet. My cat even sleeps with us. Cats know that a baby is a baby they can smell them. My cat also protects my baby from anything. I think my cat thinks my baby is his baby.

Sara - posted on 04/28/2009

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You always want to be careful with animals around your infant because you won't know if they have an allergy to hair or pet dander. But once your baby is older and you know that they aren't allergic, I wouldn't worry about having animals in the house. We have 2 dogs and a cat and I make sure to keep them out of the babies room. Honestly it's semi-unhealthy for everyone, kids and adults, to have pets in your home. They leave hair, dander, dirt and whatever else grabs onto them when they are outside all over your house. Like Kate said, make sure to keep the littler box clean and away from the baby. That's what I'd worry about most.

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My daughter is 22 months and NEVER had a problem with our cat. It takes the cat a little bit of time to get used to baby, but obviously as long as you brush them and don't let your kids play in the litter box I wouldn't worry about it! You can't protect them from everything!

Jaclyn - posted on 04/28/2009

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We keep our cats outside. The most important thing is that they are completely vaccinated. Like Kate said, if they show signs of allergies, keep the cat away and obviously keep the baby away from poop. My baby loves her kitties. They snuggle up to her every chance they get!

Kate CP - posted on 04/28/2009

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Unless the baby has an allergy to cats then yes, it's okay to have cats in the home with babies. Obviously the little boxes need to be FAR out of reach of the baby and cleaned regularly. Personally, I kept my cat out of my daughter's room just because I didn't like having to vacuum constantly. But, unless she's allergic it's okay. :)

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