Well don't get me wrong, he'll still do stuff he's not meant to, but he knows what he can and can't do...and most of the time when he does something he shouldn't he does it to get my attention clever little cat. I think he's a lot less independent than most cats though, and more focused on us, because he's an inside only cat. I don't like the fact that he is, but we're on the 4th floor in the city centre. When we get a house I'll let him explore the outside.
Regardless of that though, any cat I've had always knew what they can and can't do...they get it if you keep telling them off consistently...and praising them when they do something right (as in using the scratch post instead of the couch). I do believe cats can be trained to some extent, as in what's okay and not okay to do and to come to you when you call them, but they will always be the ones deciding whether or not they actually WANT to listen to you
I like the tent thing to go over the cot - great idea. I have been thinking about this too, as we have 2 cats, who are only 3 years old, and jump on everything, and like to sleep everywhere, particularly anything soft. It's not that easy keeping the door shut all the time, and they are very curious...
were in sort of the same situation, we have a stroppy and mischeivous tom cat that just loves to go into rooms and places where he knows he isnt allowed, he even opens doors by scratching at them when theyre fully closed! he's going through the whole spraying on everything phase aswell (in the process of organising getting him neutered) so we definitely dont want him near the baby's cot and things (they're in my OH's bedroom and he doesnt have a door on it). im wondering if my cat would be able to fit through the normal baby gate bars or i would need the netted one? xx
It's nice to see people looking for solutions rather than just getting rid of there cats. SO many people dump there cats for the new baby. We have 5 cats and won't part with them just because of a baby. It's easy to close a door or buy a top for the crib.
I'm not to worried about my cats jumping in with baby, they've been around babies all there lives so they're not mean or anything. I think its more they wanna have attention ie sleeping in baby carseats/cribs etc hahaa
My cat isnt allowed upstairs, so he will not get into the babys room. I'll make sure the door is always shut so if he does escape up there then he cant get in the room.
Baby will always be where I am, so if im in hte lounge so will baby, if im upstairs so will they.
I love my cat dearly but ill never trust him 100% around the baby no matter how docile he is.
I totally agree with this, I love my boy to death but however strict i am with him he still tries to sneak upstairs. I won't trust him with the baby even though he is the nicest most loving cat it's not worth the risk he will know from day one that around the baby is a total no go area.
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