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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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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