I agree, I didn't rescue our furry feline just to get rid I him when our LO arrives. No way. I laugh at people who spew this myth stuff out of their mouths, I have taught our cat to stay out of our room at night (LO will be in Moses basket with us) and I've let him in the nursery to get used to the smells, put all the toys and things in front of him so he knows what they are and he is now completely uninterested in the nursery room.
We plan on sitting LO down next to our cat when he comes home so they can say hello to each other
My mum had cats when I was born and I'm perfectly normal. It's common sense really to just keep an eye on LO & pets but they will be fine.
People just love to give us pregnant ladies their 'horror stories' and myths to scare us.
Clearly, not working!
I love my furry baby boy and I will never give him up just because we're having a child. He is part of the family & it will stay that way. Rant over
people totally over react where cats are concerned. i know its the whole they try to sleep where the warmth is and are attracted to the milk smell and could suffocate baby.. but realistically, when is your newborn going to be out of your sight long enough for that to happen?! at night time maybe whilst you sleep, so you keep the cat out of that room. some people really make me laugh. just tell her where to shove her oppinions!
My mum's cat may be going to live with my sister when my LO arrives. As mum and dad are due to go on a 2 week holiday when Scarlett is due, if everything works out at my sister's, the cat is staying there!
She just won't give up trying to get in the room and once the door opens, she dashes past to get in. I can't be dealing with that when I am carrying a newborn in and out, my room is right at the top of the stairs and the cat has once already nearly knocked me down. I don't agree with her being on work surfaces either, especially when I am preparing babies milk/food in the future but my mum has allowed it previously so she always does it now.
I found her licking some of my food last night when I came back in to take my food out of the oven.
I know it isn't right to re-home in a lot of people's eyes. I had to re-home my guinea pigs because it was crippling me cleaning their cage out cos my back was so bad and once babies things were in, there was nowhere for them to go and outdoor was not an option as there are neighbouring cats who unfortunately attacked a neighbours rabbit, I just didn't want to risk it, plus being indoor, they would have most likely gotten ill and died from the weather changes.
So although the cat may go, she is going to family, who have another cat, and a 2 year old who adores her. She doesn't get enough attention at our house because there is only my mum who likes her, as horrible as that sounds, I avoid her as much as I can and my dad has no interest in her at all, he is still grieving terribly over my dog.
Sorry went off on one a bit there. I for one am glad the cat is going, my mum will still get to spend time with her because she is always at her house looking after LO, so everyone is a winner. Including the cat.
However, if it was my cat, and I loved her like you loved yours, I wouldn't dream of letting her go if there weren't any other reason to do so, so I understand why people get mad at the suggestion.
I don't agree with her being on work surfaces either, especially when I am preparing babies milk/food in the future
As i read this, my cat just jumped off the dining room table
Everyone is different though, and if she is a struggle then at least you're taking her back to a families house. That's the best thing for her, you and LO
It's just frustrating when people literally kick their cats out on the street.
I know, I don't agree with dumping them in a shelter/on the street. The same consideration needs to be taken when you are re-homing as when you decide to take one in, in the first place. Things don't work out, circumstances change. Sadly humans take, or should take, priority over an animal.
Having a pet is supposed to be rewarding and pleasurable, not a constant struggle, with the cat being shouted at all the time, hiding things from them/not being able to leave your food on the side for 2 mins etc.
Everyone is happy with that anyway, it isn't just me My mum actually suggested it.
I hope it does work out for those with cats, and those who do have to re-home, it isn't anything to be ashamed about IMO. I have just re-homed 2 pets of my own, I know it isn't easy but sometimes for the sake of the pet and the child, it is for the best.
Totally agree jen, because there's me saying 'yup, definately keeping him' but if he & LO really don't bond then obviously, we would have to consider re homing him. Glad it is one worry off your chest for you though! Us preggers ladies need minimal stress possible x
Slightly O/T, but am I the only one who kept reading the title of this thread wrong? I keep thinking - what the heck's a cat's case?!
I have two lovely, affectionate cats who I wouldn't dream of getting rid of. I grew up around cats and we never had any problems. We have had our nephews and nieces stay recently (toddlers) and our cats just adored them. They let them lay on them, roll toy cars over their backs and pretty much followed them from room to room. I have no worries about them being around our baby. We won't let them sleep in the nursery, but that's the only thing we would amend our behaviour on.
Also on the cats on work surfaces etc. - I personally am a bit obsessive about bleach(!) and as a rule I always spray my work surfaces with a disinfectant spray as people and flies etc. are just as likely to transmit germs and I like to make sure everything starts off clean before I prepare food and drinks
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