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Me and a coworker were talking the other night about how when I have a baby, what am I going to do with my 3 cats? I said I was of course going to keep them! She said I should get rid of them because they could hurt the baby.


 All of my cats are declawed and are super social and friendly. I have babysat for friends at my house and my cats have never been a problem.


SO.. my question to you guys is, what are your views on having animals and babies? I thought more about what she said and started researching options for living with cats and a baby, ie keeping them out of the crib and off baby things in general. Of course the one thing that was a good option ( or so I thought) has been recalled and no longer sold anywhere!

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:06 am
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Our dogs are family.  There is no way I'd get rid of them...unless the baby was allergic.  I'm allergic and have asthma and have to take daily medication (always avoided dating guys with animals until DH) Since it's hereditary I know there's a possibility of allergies in our baby, however, I've read that if you expose your babies to animals early it can reduce the risk.  IDK if that's really true or not. 


I'm not really worried about injuries because I'd never leave the baby unattended around our dogs and they are gentle but you never know I guess.  We use gates now and the dogs aren't allowed in the upstairs bedroom areas.   However, a coworker's infant son was attacked by a family dog (a little lap dog) just narrowly missed his eye and he had to have some cosmetic surgery done so that's always on my mind. 


 

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:06 am
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agreed that pets are family.


but i think you need to be extra careful with cats if you are pregnant.  there is some virus that exists in cat litter and paws that can be harmful to the pregnancy. 

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:18 am
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I agree with PP that pets are family.  I love my Luna, and because I love her, it is my job to show her how to be respectful and have boundaries with the baby.  I would also never leave her alone with our future child.  Do I trust her?  Yes.  But dogs are animals, so you always air on the side of caution, even with docile, kind animals.

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 2:37 am
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We kept both our cats when we had our twins, I just made sure to stay away from their litter tray when I was pregnant.

The only risk with cats is that they like to snuggle up and sleep in warm places like bassinets so we used cat nets over the top just incase
Posted on August 16, 2012 at 3:12 am
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I hear you - my DH's grandpa asked if we were going to get rid of our 2 cats when we got pregnant - of course I'm NOT!!! THey are part of our family IMO and I'm not just going to get rid of them, I love them too much!!


When we do plan on getting pregnant I obviously won't be cleaning the kitty litter, and I wouldn't leave my cats alone around the baby until they are older and they are used to the baby.

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 3:45 am
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The parasite that can be picked up from cats is toxoplasmosis.  You can be tested for immunity if you have cats.  It is rarer now that most cats are fed commercial food, rather than raw meat.  Cats are also at higher risk if they are indoor/outdoor, rather than strictly indoor.  I would second the "cat nets" mentioned by Canooknic as well =)


The biggest problem with dogs and babies is that babies are very curious - its how they learn.  Dogs give off very specific signals to adults that they are uncomfortable, stressed, etc and won't snap or bite until they feel that they have no other option.  Babies can't read the signals dogs are giving.  The most responsible thing you can do is never put the dog in a situation where it feels like its space is being invaded by this new creature that is now taking up all of your time.  Our dogs are not allowed on the furniture and never were growing up, either, so the dogs didn't mind my niece suddenly being on the couch, it wasn't an invasion of their space.  My sister never put my niece on the floor in the same room with the dogs unless she was sitting right there with my niece.  Also, teach what I call a "non-negotiable leave it".  Meaning, if you say "leave it!" the dog immediately turns away from whatever they were investigating, no hesitations!  A friend of mine got some stuffed animals that were NOT for the dogs and put the baby lotion she would be using on the baby when it arrived, on the stuffed animals.  She then taught the dogs to "leave it" when ever they approached the scented animals.  They learned months before the baby came that the smell of baby lotion was off limits.  I plan to do the same thing, as I thought this was absolute genius!

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 3:48 am
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Pets are family. Period. DH will have to change the litter box while you're preggo and you just have to be cautious when you bring a baby home.


It just depends on the cat I think. My sisters cats were totally fine but they are indoor/outdoor cats and come and go as they please and are not super social. However; my gf's cat didn't accept their LO and would pee in the pac n play and jump into the crib when baby wasn't in it. It broke her heart but she had to find a new home for her cat.

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:10 am
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We have 3 dogs and I will still have 3 dogs when I have children.  I trust our dogs with all my heart but you still have to be smart about it.  Like the girls say, you never set up a situation for anything bad to happen.  Now I already know that Molly is going to keep my kids faces clean 24/7, Jake is going to claim them all as "his" new baby, and Toby is always going to be that extra bump under the blanket.  haha

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The litter boxes are dh's chore anyways :) I was on a couple of baby forums and this lady asked the same question about about keeping cats outta cribs and it was sad to see so many responses say to et rid of the cat! My cats were here way before a baby,so they will be staying!
Posted on August 16, 2012 at 9:14 am
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babies and pets photo 3392713-1

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 11:11 am
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Thank you for posting this, AuntTate!  Most of my training contracts come from behavioral issues that weren't addressed and the people are at their wits' end.  You would be surprised at how easily most things are fixed =)

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Love that quote, however, I said I would probably need to find another home for our pets if our child was allergic because I have first hand experience.  I'm severely allergic to cats and when my dad brought home two of them I was sick from then on.  In and out of the hospital for asthma, skin infections from atopic dermatitis etc. Constantly on prednisone and just completely miserable.  As much as I LOVE my dogs I would have to put my baby's health first and find a family member to take the dogs where we could still see them.  Sometimes pet allergies are a lot more than just the sniffles.  :)

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 1:17 am
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I'm not saying there aren't good justifiable reasons to have to find new homes for your pets, especially in regards to safety and health.  DH and I both know, as much as we love our dogs, we'd never have one of them around if we felt our child(ren) were in danger.  I just don't agree with people that get a dog and then end up pregnant a year or two later and do the whole "I'm going to be having a baby, can't have the dog anymore."  Like you never thought you'd be having kids within the next 7 or 8 years?  Most dogs live longer than that and you get them for their ilfe.

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 1:22 am
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I would never give up my pets, I treat them as family, unless of course a serious danger was involved

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm
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Haha I just (well like a few weeks ago) posted a thread just like yours :) Me and DH also have 3 cats and we are getting sick of people asking what will happen to our fur babies. Not a damn thing. They are ours, we love them, they area part of the family and they are staying. Ugh people.
Posted on September 19, 2012 at 2:32 am
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http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/pets-and-babies-annoying-questions-from-people

Here ya go :)
Posted on September 19, 2012 at 2:37 am

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