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Pets with Newborns Barbara Outten Due November 15 (boy); Waterville, Maine 480 posts
9th Jul '13

I have a kitten shes 6 months old, shell be just shy of a year old when my little boy arrives, and I just wanna know how other peoples pets have reacted to new babies being around. I think she knows that I'm pregnant, shes very defensive of my belly, she will lay on my lap and swat or hiss at anything that tries to come near us. She loves (trying) to knead at my belly (I make her stop and tell her no, but shes stubborn), and she has felt the baby kicking (quite a shock for her the first time). She also sleeps next to my belly all night long as well, and would sleep on my belly if I slept on my back. Shes a very loving cat, she loves getting attention from anyone or anything, and gets along really well with my moms dogs. Im just concerned that shes going to try to protect the baby, and get in his crib and stuff. If she does this how do i teach her no? Ive been using a squirt bottle and spraying her when she does something naughty, and thats worked thus far, I just dont wanna squirt the baby if shes in his crib or something, I plan on getting her fixed by the end of the month, and I clip her claws once a week, but i plan on getting the rubber tips for when baby is born.

Sunkissed. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; GC, IL, United States 4578 posts
9th Jul '13

My cat was the same exact way. We used the spray bottle too if she ever got into his crib or bassinet... it worked and she doesn't get in there now that he's here or when he's in them. But if I have him laying on the couch she likes to lay next to him or at his feet. She has tried to lay on his legs once.

Evil Dr.PorkChop 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Concord, NC, United States 833 posts
status 9th Jul '13

Don't get the rubber tips. They basically have to permanently extend the cats claws to do it and its painful and most cats wind up chewing them off and it becomes a chocking hazard. They are not worth it.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
9th Jul '13

Get one of these, It saved my worrying from the kitty getting in his crib. Be careful with kittens and babies. When my older sister was little my mom had a kitten that tricked to climb inside my sisters mouth to lick the milk off her tongue. Thankfully my mom caught it.



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Rachel Whalen 1 child; New York 406 posts
9th Jul '13

watching, my newborn is going to be living with 2 parrots I cant wait to see how this turns out lol

Barbara Outten Due November 15 (boy); Waterville, Maine 480 posts
9th Jul '13

I think its adorable how over protective she is. And its good to hear that the cat responded well to the baby, hopefully my little Spaz takes a quick liking to Sebastian. Have you had any problems with the cat trying to play with the baby and scratching him? I feel like thats my main concern.

Sunkissed. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; GC, IL, United States 4578 posts
9th Jul '13
Quoting Barbara Outten:" I think its adorable how over protective she is. And its good to hear that the cat responded well to ... [snip!] ... Have you had any problems with the cat trying to play with the baby and scratching him? I feel like thats my main concern. "


She just comes by him and tries to rub herself on him.. lol. I'm sure you can picture what I'm meaning.. but never has tried to claw at him or anything. Now he's big enough to grab her and he's had a good grip on her furr and she just sat there looking like WTH. She's always been super friendly.

Sunkissed. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; GC, IL, United States 4578 posts
9th Jul '13
Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:" Get one of these, It saved my worrying from the kitty getting in his crib. Be careful with kittens and ... [snip!] ... mom had a kitten that tricked to climb inside my sisters mouth to lick the milk off her tongue. Thankfully my mom caught it. "


I know someone who had to get that because her daughter would literally try to climb out of her crib but isn't quite big enough for a toddler bed. She didn't want her to get hurt. lol. That's a good idea for the cat though!

Mom of 4 Little Boys! 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Hillsboro, Oregon 4706 posts
9th Jul '13

My one cat becomes very clingy when I am pregnant but the other cat could care less as long as she gets fed lol. They don't really act much different when baby is here though. They will smell them to see what they are but thats about it.

Photo Assassin 67 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 1666 posts
9th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:</b>" Get one of these, It saved my worrying from the kitty getting in his crib. Be careful with kittens and ... [snip!] ... mom had a kitten that tricked to climb inside my sisters mouth to lick the milk off her tongue. Thankfully my mom caught it. "</blockquote>




I thought these were recalled. I only mention that-as I was looking for this and was advised they were due to being a choking hazard.

Barbara Outten Due November 15 (boy); Waterville, Maine 480 posts
9th Jul '13
Quoting Sunkissed.
loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10775 posts
status 9th Jul '13

Please don't get your cat declawed, it's the equivalent of having the tips of your fingers chopped off. It's also going to open the door to a whole host of behavior problems.

TheyCallMeMOMMY♥ 3 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 6820 posts
9th Jul '13

Were getting ready for a baby too, our cat is being a total pain in my ass. She did come declawed from the pound though so that was not a problem. However she sleeps in EVERYTHING baby. The bouncer, swing, crib, pack n play, stroller, carseat (I have it all in the living room right now.) No matter what I do she does NOT listen. I had to resort to flipping everything upside that could be flipped so she didnt sleep in them. Shes been a total brat, no lie! Everything and anything she can get into she is...tipping the trash can over and all. Its only got bad most recently, Im delivering in 3 weeks. Shes not getting an less attention as she is my daughters cat. But ya shes been bad. Im praying she doesnt mess with the baby when s/he is born. I noticed now that she tries to sleep ON my son and daughters head every chance she gets.

Barbara Outten Due November 15 (boy); Waterville, Maine 480 posts
9th Jul '13
Quoting loser mom (tko!):" Please don't get your cat declawed, it's the equivalent of having the tips of your fingers chopped off. It's also going to open the door to a whole host of behavior problems. "


I would never have her declawed completely, I trim her front ones once a week, but to take her claws away would just be horrible. That would be like someone taking all my fingernails away, id be mucho pissed. I want to get those rubber tips you can put on their claws so they cant scratch, but just for the front claws so she can still itch herself.

Sunkissed. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; GC, IL, United States 4578 posts
9th Jul '13
Quoting Barbara Outten:" Wonderful, that makes me happy, I didn't wanna have to find a new home for my kitty, shes like my daughter. ... [snip!] ... long as they were near someone. My kittens sister, is quite aggressive though, but i think that may be the way she was raised."


Yeah I think animals' behavior does have a lot to do with how they're raised. If she is lovey now, then MOST LIKELY she'll be the same way once the baby is here, as long as you still give her attention like she's use to. If she's like your daughter then I'm sure you'll have no problem with that. (: