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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 11:50 AM   1
Sarahrei
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Cats smothering babies?


Has anyone else heard this?

I have three cats, and my mum is taking me to task about them saying that they will jump in the crib and smother her. Now, my cats aren't allowed in her nursery, as we've been doing construction I've been taking them to task every time I find them anywhere near the door. She will be sleeping in a basinet in our room for the first month at least so I know there wont be any cats in there.

My mum has now sent me a link to these nets you put over the crib to stop cats and bugs from getting in there, which in my opinion looks more dangerous than just leaving it bare!

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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 11:53 AM   2
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It really is up to you. My brother & SIL had three cats when they had their first baby. One of the cats jumped in the crib & just laid at the feet of the baby. I think the cats will get used to of the baby while the baby will be in the basinet. They also have pretty high baby gates to prevent the cats from going into the room when you are not in there. The net would bug me out if for whatever reason fell on the baby in the middle of the night. But I am a paranoid person lol.



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 11:56 AM   3
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I have NEVER heard of this! A cat might be curious, but they would never just lay on the babys face. My sister has 3 large cats, and have never done that.

Put a jingle bell on your cats collar if it makes you feel better. You can hear if theyre in the nursery. Im also sure that the baby would cry if its bothered by a cat



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:00 PM   4
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We found my cat laying on my baby's chest. She found a new home the next day (The cat not the baby lol) I had only gone to get a bottle from the kitchen



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:03 PM   5
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It's an old wives' tale. They used to believe that cats would be drawn to the milk on the baby's breath, and would try to suck the air out of them or something equally silly. Most cats will do their best to avoid the "crying, wiggling, smelly" things! Try to establish upfront that the crib/nursery is off limits if you really want them to avoid those areas. We're going to buy a nice cat tree and put it nearby to give them their own "space" and so that they still feel included even after baby arrives.



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:07 PM   6
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That's pretty much it, I could only find one "confirmed" case of this happening and it was in 1791 (yes, 300 years ago)

I'm getting really fed up with hearing about it when my parents have two agressive dogs up stairs but I'm not asking them to get rid of them!



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:20 PM   7
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It's not a certainty that a cat would not smother a baby, it has happened in the past and SHOULD be a concern of parents with cats, but then as with any animal there should be an eliment of caution around babies.

However if you teach your cats and are still very commited to them when baby here, and keep baby off the floor, in seperate rooms I think you'll be fine. I certainly wouldn't cover a crib with anything



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:24 PM   8
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My sister never had any problems with her cats getting in the crib or bassinet.



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:41 PM   9
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And just an fyi, animals usually LOVE babies. Theyre curious of course, and will get close. Something new is in their house. I am VERY very against dumping a loved family pet off at a shelter at the drop of a dime. Animals have feelings, youre all theyve ever known. Its heart breaking. Try and do whatever you can before making a decision about a pet. Grown cats will most likely get put down if you bring them to a shelter.



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 12:42 PM   10
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My two ate totally uninterested in Alice and her stuff (Moses basket included!). They are banned from her room and aren't left alone with her in any case, but are more interested in sleeping on our bed (one of us sleeps in Alice's room) with whoever is in there!



 
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