Cat in the crib

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Here is my problem I have four furry babies, two are cats, one is to old to jump so he is not a problem but the other one has caused me distress. This cat never showed any intrest in the baby's crib before and now when we are moving her into her room now the cat wants to be in the crib. We set up the nursery a couple of months before we had my daughter was born so the animals could get used to the idea that another member of the family was coming. This cat had no intrest in the room and never even went in until this week. The first time we go to lay the baby in her big girl crib there is a little furry face staring up at us. I dont know what to do I dont like the idea of just closing the door incase the baby monitor were to go out some how ( I am a first time mom and paranoid.) So I guess my question is what do I do?

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Hope - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have a few things to add to this.. First the story's that you hear about a cat sitting on a child's faces are never 100% sure that's what happened. When I first found out that we were going to have a baby every one started getting me worried about my cat.. well so I started doing some research with the storys that are said to be the "cat" it could have also been sids. I could not find one case where it was said to be the "cat". Now of coarse you can find news that will state this but if you so the research into the case itself you would see that its not true.
So please do not worry about this.
Now kids that are raised around animals are less likely to have allergies. Did you know that? I found that when I was look up the storys. :)
More to the point. If you dont want the cat in the crib then go and buy your self one of the plastic rugs that have the sharp things on the back side. It will not harm the cat but when the cat jumps in the crib it will not stay and lay down. You could also put the crib in your room and shut the door at night and leave the cat outside of the room. Or shut the cat into another room at night why you all sleep.. But if the cat is not used to this you may here some crying from the cat. Now I understand the issue with the cat hair in the mouth. "yuck" so putting the rug in the crib will also help with that..
But Please do not get rid of your cat..

FOR Maria Dyck Some people think animals are something that should be tossed out when they don't fit anymore. I say these types should not be aloud to have animals at all. The cat is a part of her family and just because there is now a baby in no way means she can not handle the cat. Its not like we are talking about a animal who has bit someone. But I have two kids and have always at least had 3 animals at all times. And by stating the kid is more important then the animal is making her feel that way. The issue is not who is more important the issue is correcting the cats behavior.

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okay not to butt in but the cat is not going to hurt your baby by sleeping with "it". I have 3 kids and 3 cats always have and they slept with the babies. Trust me formule and breast milk dribble doesn't taste that good to cats. so they really won't lick the babys mouth and steal their breathe. actually if they are newbornes and the cats belong to you(primary caretaker) the baby has your scent and they just want to be near "you".

Renae - posted on 02/12/2010

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You need to remove the cat from the room and shut the door. About 10 years ago there was a story on the news a baby in my city was suffocated by a cat sleeping on its face. Apparently cats like sleeping on baby's because they are nice and warm. Having said that, I have only ever heard the one story, so I'm sure it doesn't happen all that often, but I wouldn't take the chance.



If you have to, get 2 or 3 monitors, they wont all go out! Or just learn to trust the monitor you have. They used to make cat covers to keep cats out of cots but I think they stopped making them because of the risk of the cover falling on the baby and suffocating it - around the time they changed the compulsory specifications for cot mattresses.



I make sure I have actually seen my cat (not assuming I know where she is) and I know that she is not in the baby's room and I put him to bed and shut the door and keep the monitor on.

Kristen - posted on 02/12/2010

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Get the cat out of there now...Don't worry about the cat hair shedding, worry about the fact that it may sleep on & SUFFOCATE your child. Don't get me wrong, I'm a cat person & love mine like they're human but this is so dangerous. Get yourself a small spray bottle of water & give your kitty a squirt everytime you notice it in there...Hopefully your furry baby will get the idea & leave the cot for your real baby!

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Karen - posted on 02/12/2010

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I was worried about the same thing. Have you tried ballons. Yes, it sounds funny and crazy but it worked with our cats. What we did (it might be time consuming now since your little one is in her crib now and cleaning up the broken pieces of ballons) fill 1/2 the crib with ballons. Make sure baby isnt in bed when you do this I know your thinking what kind of person does she think I am...but you would be surprised. Fill the ballons up with air as much as you can and place them in the crib. Once kitty decides to jump into the crib... pop pop pop! goes the ballons and after a couple of times kitty does not think it is such a good idea of going into the crib. good luck!!

Renae - posted on 02/12/2010

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Oh yes good idea Kristen. Whenever I have trained my cat not to do something (jumping on kitchen bench, chewing cables etc) I have done it by spraying her with lemon juice, she immediately licks the wet area and doesn't like the taste. It has always worked fairly quickly for my cat.

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have never seen the cat in the crib with her but I do worry since sheds and my daughter is 13 weeks old and has discovered her hands fit into her mouth that she will get cat hair in her mouth. Everytime I see the cat in her bed I change the sheets but the laundry is getting out of control. She sleeps like the dead so I am worried that the cat may try to lay on top of her to keep warm. The cat tends to do this with my husband when he is sleeping. I was wondering if there is a type of netting or something they may made to put on top of the crib to keep them out.

Trena - posted on 02/11/2010

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We had 2 long hair cats when our son was born (he's now 6) that wanted nothing to do with the crib or nursery, until he came home. We would let them check it out during the day by leaving the door open, and when he went down we would shut the door to keep the cat out. As he got older we would give the cats more freedom when it came to his room. By the time he was 6 months old the one cat would sleep with him all the time. In my opinion, once the child is old enough to move around and defend him or herself there's nothing wrong with the cat being their friend.

Desirae - posted on 02/11/2010

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Honestly, most people say this is terrible... but I have a cat who in now 20 years old. He insisted on being near my daughter every minute he could. My daughter is now 6 and he is still under her feet constantly and gets jealous when she gets more attention than him. They still sleep head to head... I have no horror stories for you. I even found him completely cooperating with her to wear cabbage patch clothes once when she snuck out of bed to play in the middle of the night. Ammonia in cat urine and cat feces are however dangerous to pregnant women and infants. Keep your cat clean and you shouldn't have a problem... or keep the nursery door shut even during the day. Animals react like children, happy, sad, funny,angry, confused, hungry, jealous of others getting attention... I hope this eases the anxiety of all the bad things you have heard about infants and cats.

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