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7. CATS & BABIES

The impending arrival of a baby in any home, is both an exciting & an anxious time in peoples lives.

Those anxieties often take their toll on the lowest characters in a household hierarchy. Pregnancy is one of the most common reasons given, when cats are handed in to rescue centers for re-homing. Fears that pets are un-hygienic or could harm a baby are very common.

"After initially keeping their distance the cats approached, sniffed baby Molly & realised she wasn't threatening at all.

Morris ignored the baby completely & resumed his spot on the sofa beside her (despite any noises). Before long, Bunsen was again sleeping in the same room as her family, even during baby tears. Beaker kept his distance for a while, before he too eventually realised that all was still well in the house."

Cats should never be pressured but be allowed to deal with changing situations in their own way & time. Human family members should try to continue routines, behave naturally & portray calm. Anxiety spreads easily to animals.

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"Children who live with a cat or dog in their first years of life have a lower incidence of hay fever & asthma & are less likely to develop animal-related allergies"

"Children who have been exposed to animals were also found to be better equipped to fight off illnesses."

Oxford college - feline studies

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Read about the health benefits of keeping a cat...

Read about the fear of toxoplasmosis, cats & babies...

 

Will my cat suffocate my baby!?

 

We could see no reason whatsoever that any of the cats would wish to sleep with a wriggling, gurgling baby that may burst into tears at any time.

This is one of the biggest paranoia's people have about cats living with babies.

When she was left in peace to sleep, the newborn baby was given a quiet room with no toys in the cot (which could impair breathing) with a monitor nearby. The room would be devoid of cats & the door was closed. When the baby was with us she was quite naturally always in sight. Not only did the cats show no interest, but should we have witnessed any purring faces trying to snuggle up with her, we would have simply prevented it. It just didn't happen as they were far more interested in adult laps, radiators or body-heat reflecting vet beds. The house would have to be icy cold for the cats to even think about attempting to sleep with the baby.

There have been extremely rare, & sensational reports in newspapers of cats being found asleep with babies & cot deaths.

Cats have absolutely no reason to want to harm babies & very simple precautions can be taken to avoid cats climbing into cots.

1. Cat nets & cot covers are available in the shops to go over baby beds. (we had one of these & simply never needed it)

2. Close doors when a baby is left alone to sleep in a room, ensuring any cats are out of it at the time. (they are unlikely to enjoy being trapped in a room with a baby anyway)

3. Provide comfortable cat beds, body-heat reflective vet bedding & or radiator beds & keep the house warm. (generally this is usual anyway)

4. Allow cats to only explore empty beds & gently dissuade them if they do anything more than peer with curiosity at the baby in an occupied one, they will understand.

Give your cats normal attention to avoid them seeking your notice by hovering around baby. (which will be clearly perceived as a focus point for attentive parents)

Read about how cats are actually good for children...

 

What is it, should i be worried?

What is it, should i be worried?

It doesn't seem to do much...

It doesn't seem to do much...

No one discussed this with me... is it staying?

No one discussed this with me... is it staying?

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