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Cats and Babies question by Wichita
Started on: 08-06-2006 10:10 PM
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Last post by: Amethyst on 08-07-2006 04:41 PM
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Report this Post08-06-2006 10:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for WichitaClick Here to Email WichitaSend a Private Message to WichitaDirect Link to This Post
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?

Many thanks!
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Report this Post08-06-2006 10:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for htexans1Click Here to Email htexans1Send a Private Message to htexans1Direct Link to This Post
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!!
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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.
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Report this Post08-06-2006 10:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 84fiero123Click Here to Email 84fiero123Send a Private Message to 84fiero123Direct Link to This Post
You need to pick the kitty litter box while she is pregnant.

That is because toxoplasmosis. I believe that's the spelling.

As long as itís an indoor cat, thatís about it.

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Report this Post08-06-2006 11:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jax184Click Here to visit Jax184's HomePageSend a Private Message to Jax184Direct Link to This Post
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
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Report this Post08-06-2006 11:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for isthiswhereiputausername?Send a Private Message to isthiswhereiputausername?Direct Link to This Post
We have 2 kids and 6 cats, you need to do the boxes

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Report this Post08-06-2006 11:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierohohoClick Here to Email fierohohoSend a Private Message to fierohohoDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Jax184:

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



That was the first thing I thought of also, I remember hearing that in reality a cat would likely curl up on the baby because the baby was warm and the weight of the cat would suffocate the baby.

Sorry for being morbid.

Good luck on the knocking up part, practice, practice, practice.

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Report this Post08-07-2006 04:43 AM Click Here to See the Profile for crazyfieromikeClick Here to Email crazyfieromikeSend a Private Message to crazyfieromikeDirect Link to This Post
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.
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Report this Post08-07-2006 11:48 AM Click Here to See the Profile for JKFIEROSend a Private Message to JKFIERODirect Link to This Post
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.
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Report this Post08-07-2006 12:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TintonSend a Private Message to TintonDirect Link to This Post
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.
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Report this Post08-07-2006 01:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonDirect Link to This Post
You need to train the baby to use the kittys litter box till its walking..................lol
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Originally posted by Jax184:

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...

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