Me and the spouse are working on starting a family. I have heard about the dangers of cats with pregnant women and infants. Something about a chemical in cat litter and also something about cat saliva.
I have an indoor cat that is a bit touchy feelee type. Likes to slip on us or beside us and is always around and follows us everywhere.
What do I need to do and what should I know?
Posts: 9064 From: Clear Lake City/Houston TX Registered: Sep 2001
Wichita, For this one I think you really need to ask the people over at "Cat Fancy" magazine, or Purina Pet Foods or Waldons. They would be experts in how to keep the cat and the family happy and safe. As for me, the history I have had with cats and newborns was to keep the kitty at a distance at first, they slowly introduce kitty to the baby and not let the cat "smother" the child. When it comes to "rest time" for the baby, make sure the cat is not in the room, and shut the door. Use a baby monitor to check on the child if they [baby] is in another room. Have ANYONE who cleans the cat pan WASH HANDS GOOD before handling baby. Cat poo is rife with germs that may be harmful to the baby. As for Cat spit, consult the vet. GOOD LUCK!! S. Williams Currently Catless.
As for Cat Litter, use the natural type, not the "pretty sented stuff" less chances of harmful chemicals. BUT if hands are washed, chemicals in cat litter should NOT be a factor. You may even consider one of the motorized cat cleaning pans, or wear the medical gloves. ------------------ 1988 Fiero Formula T-tops CJB 143 of 1252 "factory T-top cars"
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Posts: 29950 From: farmington, maine usa Registered: Oct 2004
i have a new born and a cat. the babys been sleeping in a bassent (spelling) thats at he end of the dresser the cats food is on top that dresser never once has my cat tried to get in the bassent. i think that crap about the cat suffacting the baby is just an old wise tail.
It's not that it is exactly a wifes tale, but cats DO NOT suffocate a baby out of jealousy or just to do it. Some will say that a cat will merely try to lick the milk from the babies lips, then lay down to sleep.....thus suffocating the baby. Most cats do not sleep where they eat. Is the suffocation thing possible? Yes. Probable. No There have always been cats in our family, and personally, my cats never wanted to be bothered with babies. They preferred to stay as far away as possible.
I could see a cat trying to sit on a baby and suffocating it. But not because of jealousy or anything like that, just because the cat is used to sleeping on human's laps. The fact that its a very small human probably doesn't change the cat's mind. I'd keep them separate just to prevent any accidents from happening.
Posts: 49593 From: A Western Caribbean Island/ Columbus, Ohio Registered: Apr 99
A cat will suck the life out of a baby out of jealousy!!
You'd be surprised how many people believe that. Probably the same people who believe a fan left running in a bedroom will make the sleepers freeze to death
Laugh... you guys have never seen Catseye with Drew Barrymore?? It's not the cats that are doing that... it's those evil little trolls!!
Well I've had babies (2) and cats (7 inside at the moment) and never had a problem with the cats being in the babies cradle or crib empty or occupied... now if the baby was crying, I've had the cat come and get me and wait impatiently for me to take care of the baby!! Same cat has also walked my daughter to and from school (across the street) the entire time she went to that school... my daughter is now 21, the cat is now 22... bless her, she's been a good cat!
On the topic of cat litter... it is true, pregnant women should not handle cat feces in any way shape or form... but could probably just empty the cat box without touching anything while using gloves... Anybody else should be sure and wash their hands...
It just come down to common sense... whether it's animals, hygiene, exercise or food.... don't do anything that's questionable...