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Name: Sara
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I keep hearing horror stories about cats smothering babies. I have also read that is just a myth. Anyone know anything about this? I have a cat and am 16 weeks pregnant.
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Name: april | Date: Nov 8th, 2005 2:19 PM
im pregnant (7 weeks) and have a cat also and yes ive heard cats can do that but i think its only b/c your baby has the scent of milk on its breath so naturally the cat wants to see where its coming from so it might tend to get in its face and we all know how that is so... although i know that i also dont know what to do about it and dont qoute me its just somthing ive heard but if any 1 else has any info i would love 2 hear about it. thanx and good luck to you 

Name: PAM | Date: Nov 21st, 2005 12:33 AM
I have heard that cats can become jealous . but alot of times they can be very protective of you as well as the baby . i would just keep a close watch . 

Name: Malinda | Date: Nov 21st, 2005 3:27 AM
in reponse to this it is a very big myth. I have a two year old and I was scared of the same thing. Cats actualy are scared of new borns won't come within two feet of the baby!! Until they get used to them. Babies have too sudden of movements and it makes the cats jumpy. The actual thing you have to watch is the weight of the cat if it lays on your baby then that will restrict your baby's breathing. Think about it Have you ever drank milk and had your cat sucking your breath? Sounds more like a good stephen King movie lol Don't worry 

Name: pattonchina | Date: Nov 23rd, 2005 4:53 AM

Name: dusk_angel | Date: Nov 24th, 2005 3:48 AM
I have one cat, and I am 9 weeks, & also heard this MYTH (smile); I also read it's something about the milk smell on a baby's breath attracting a cat. I grew up with cats, tho, and my mom had 4 kids with two cats in the house, and she always told me that the cats just ran and hid for weeks, then were very meek and scared when they came out. I also read that there is more prob with the cat peeing or defecating outside the litterbox because of the stress, but that if you give the cat special times of attention, this should help a lot. 

Name: energy | Date: Dec 2nd, 2005 3:39 AM
anyone there? 

Name: Bridgette | Date: Dec 29th, 2005 7:05 AM
I had 3 Cats when my son was born and neither of them tried to smoother my son. I know that they were curious of him and did climb into his crib but I never saw them sleep in there with him. All cats are different and they all have different personallities.
It is hard for Cats before the baby because they are used to you and them and now your time will be with the baby so don't be shocked if you have poop or pee in the babies room. That is their way of punishing you. But, they will let up and stop. 

Name: kimberly | Date: Jan 2nd, 2006 3:17 AM
we had 2 cats when our daughter was born. It is true, they pretty much stay away from the baby for a while until they get used of her. We put a baby gate up in front of our daughter's door so they couldn't go in there at night when we were asleep. They never tried to jump over it, we never had any problems. Our oldest cat, now deceased, was wonderful with her. He was very patient and gentle with her. Never any problems. 

Name: margaret gist | Date: Jan 14th, 2006 2:04 PM
I have a long haired cat & wondered what others recommend to help control shedding of hair. Is brushing everday the only solution or does that even help? 

Name: Christina | Date: Jan 16th, 2006 5:13 PM
Hi I'm 12 weeks pregnant right now and I work in a pet store. At home I also have 2 very long haired cats. And yes brushing is the key....BUT.....feeding them a high quality diet is really important. Also you can give them a supplement like "lipederm" or "dream coat" which I actually use. They contain the omega 3 & 6 fatty acids along with all the other vitamins that your cat or dog needs to keep their coat healthy and shiny. It works pretty good. Also I feed "Nutro complete care adult cat food" It comes in a light green colored bag. You can only get it at a pet store but it is well worth the price. My cats used to puck up those gross hair balls and now it's been sooo long since I've seen one of those. Anything else you'd like to know I'd be happy to help. And about the myths....I'm not worried. Of course I'll alway supervise. I don't really think though that the cats should be allowed in the babies room. He or She should at least have one room to them selfs with out the animal dander. The only thing I'm worried about is if my baby is born with an allergy to my beloved hairy friends. 

Name: Fiona | Date: Jan 24th, 2006 1:14 PM
Cats don't like babies as they're too noisy. The cat will naturally avoid the baby. Just make sure that the cat doesn't take a fancy to the crib and start sleeping in there.

I have a cat and she never bothered with the baby at all - just gave him snooty looks if she entered the room. She'd take a look then go off to her own bed.

Make sure that you don't clean out the litter tray when you're pregnant due to infection. Get someone else to do it for you. 

Name: lorna regan | Date: Jan 25th, 2006 10:46 AM
i am a animal lover so i know what your going threw 

Name: Sarah | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 3:00 AM
im 8 months pregnant i have a cat too i think it all just depends how the cat reacts to the new baby if he doesnt like the baby he will probably stay away from it and hang around you beging for attention. but on the other hand if he likes the new baby he is more likely to jump in the cot and sleep in there kinda like protecting the baby not to hurt it. but still keep an eye on him 

Name: lili | Date: Feb 26th, 2006 9:06 PM
Malinda is right cats are scared of babies. When my first daughter wa sbirn, my cat wouuld not go near her for a while. When we had the baby on our bed, the cat would not get up there. Eventually she would walk around her, sniff her and leave. It took a couple of months before my cat would sit near my daughter. He ( the cat) did the same thing with my second child. Everyone kept telling me how dangerous cats were around babies, it was all bull. 

Name: Suzi | Date: Feb 28th, 2006 2:53 AM
Probably just a myth. If you're worried, you can (and probably should anyway) train your kitty to stay out of the crib. When you get baby's room all set up, keep an eye on your kitty and punish him/her (nothing violent of course... maybe a squirt of water from a spray bottle) ever time he/she gets in/near the crib. You can also train kitty to stay away from the baby's things as well. 

Name: Danielle | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 8:11 PM
hi sara my mother has had cats all her life even when she was pregnant with me she has never had a problem with that happening and both me and her have never heard such thing cats are very friendly and safe around young children or babies it is likely for your cat to go up to the baby and sniff it ot but no harm should come from having a new baby in your house and having a 1 cat or more. 

Name: Carrie | Date: Mar 23rd, 2006 9:17 AM
I a tiny bit worried about my cats and the baby too. However, my baby is now 6 weeks old and the cats still keep a ten-foot distance. They are really skiddish but delicate with her. Of course, I didn't treat my cats any differently when she came in the house, so they still feel loved and unthreatened by the baby. My cats are really curious too, and even so they have never tried to sit on the baby, lick her face, or any that silly nonsense people tell you. As for the milk thing, I don't think it's true at all either. 

Name: annie | Date: Apr 3rd, 2006 6:58 PM
iam cocern because my baby sitter house smells like cat pee and i just wanted to know if it would something to tne babay 

Name: diana | Date: Apr 20th, 2006 7:46 PM
I am a cat lover and have always had cats. I raised my son with them as well. I have had cats since age 7 and I am now 33. They will not smother babies. They may avoid the baby out of jelousy or really like the baby. They may want to look at the baby and smell baby but thats about it. My sister is a vet and says that is not true as well. 

Name: Katrina | Date: Jun 16th, 2006 4:41 AM
We usually had two cats in to our Apt & was told to not to have cats we been keeping these cats for while and its so sad to put them up for Adoption cuz we all likes cat hopefully when we moved into a house we will get another cat may be or not i dont know whats will happened next... Thanks Trina thanks 

Name: Fiona | Date: Jun 16th, 2006 11:39 AM
My cat follows me upstairs each night when I put my toddler to sleep in his crib. She sits and watches him play before he goes into the crib then she keeps an eye on him until he goes off to sleep. She comes back downstairs when she's finished looking after him! Ahhhh...... :-) Perhaps she's just checking that I'm doing it right! 

Name: Dynetta | Date: Jun 16th, 2006 9:50 PM
what you have read was not fact but someone who really doesn't like cats.. cats are wonderful and very intelligent creatures. now, maybe someone thought that because the cat or kitten was around the "milk smell or stains" that come with feeding a infant.. cats are nosy..very.. so that's probably how that rumor got started.. the cat smelled the spill milk around the baby or the baby's things.. don't worry.. your cat is a "kitty stalker" 

Name: kaltyee | Date: Jun 20th, 2006 11:08 PM
hi !!
Ya that is os sad i have heard that 2 and it is sad 

Name: Kaylee | Date: Jun 20th, 2006 11:13 PM
ya there was this person I knew and like she said that one of her cats use to hate there babies and would put them behind the car tires so that they would get ran over and so every time that they left they would have to check the tires and ya. 

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