We had a cat when I was a kid. I asked my mother about this and she said that she included Frank (the cat) in all the baby planning. He was allowed to check all the stuff out he wanted prior to birth, but when I got home from the hospital she put me in the car seat on the floor and let the cat sniff me to get used to me. She told him "this is our baby" and apparently she never had a problem...but my mother is creepy like dr dolittle with animals but she said she just included him in all the planning. I know people who have like cat protectors on their cribs like this http://www.amazon.com/Tots-In-Mind-C.../dp/B00014PLAY
I grew up with cats and my parents never had issues. I think at bed time they shut the bedroom door but thats really it. Petey used to still my paci's so my parents had to get him his own!
i have a slightly different problem. my cat is so old he wont even care about the baby, he hides with any sign of noise and only comes out when its nice and calm.
My boyfriend has a 4 year old though who chases him around and he hates it. so im not worried about the cat with the kids, im worried about the kid with the cat! im thinking i might have to move wee cat to my sisters house.
I think a screen door would be a good idea. Not sure why you would think it's a fire hazard though?
We have a big fat cat that likes getting in to everything. He sheds all over the place and yeah, that's just not going to happen in the nursery. DH thinks a baby gate will do but I've also been thinking about getting a screen door to put up instead. *shrugs* We'll see what happens.
We have 3 cats and are planning to keep the nursery door closed at all times. We will have a baby monitor so that we can hear baby when she's in there alone.
We have thought about possibly putting a screen door on the room though, too. We'd only be able to screen the top half of the door though as the cats will just scratch at the screen if they can reach it anyway (they've done that with our patio screen door).
We're in much the same situation. Our 8 year old female kitty is so sweet and laid back. She won't give us any problems whatsoever when the little one comes along.
But we also have a rambunctious 3 year old male cat who is like the stereotype of a curious cat. He always has to be in the middle of any activity that's happening.
Every time I walk in the partially decorated nursery, he jumps in the crib and curls up. He is also a master of squeezing into rooms via partially opened doors, and getting behind/underneath/into furniture and not coming out. I just can't imagine having to chase him out of the nursery every time we put our son down for a nap.
I really like the Tot Tent a lot, and it looks like it's gotten awesome reviews. I'm definitely going to have to check this out!!
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