Mom's with pets

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Wed, 02-03-2010 - 1:46pm
Hi! I have a question for Mom's with pets and bringing your new baby into the house. We have two kitties who have been our babies for the past three years and I know this transition to bringing a baby might be a bit of an adjustment. We had some peeing issues with them and Geoff is now getting more fastidious about cleaning the litter box. I used to always clean their box but once I got pregnant I was not allowed it and I always kept it really clean. Geoff is not so good about it but is getting better. We plan to put a high gate to the entrance to Kathleen's room and will allow the cats in only when we are in the room. We don't want any peeing issues in her room. Were there any any issues with your cats or dogs when you brought your new baby home? How did you manage the adjustment? Any ideas and advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
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Wed, 02-03-2010 - 3:02pm

I don't know anything about owning a cat, but we have a small dog (28 lbs.) When we brought DS home, we let him sniff and be around DS to a point, but were always vigilant about watching him closely. It's probably not the same with every dog, but we didn't have to do much because the dog is so laid back and lazy, LOL.

I think it's wise to get control of the peeing issue because I know that's the animal's way of trying to show possession or domination over their territory. The gate in baby's room is a good idea too.

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Wed, 02-03-2010 - 3:17pm

Jennifer--

I'm not BTDT with babies and cats, but I have tried using a gate to keep mine out of areas. Truth is, it doesn't work. If you really want a gate, it needs to be high enough that they can't jump over it, and it needs to be solid or they'll climb it. I saw a blog the other day where the lady had installed a screen door for the nursery. This kept the nursery "open," but still kept the cats out. It seems like a good idea. I'm considering it, because my two little darlings steal everything that isn't nailed down and hide it from me.

As for the peeing, have you tried adding another litter box? I know it would mean another one for Geoff to clean, but it would also provide more space for them. Most vets recommend having one more box than cats (so for two cats, three litter boxes).

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Wed, 02-03-2010 - 4:49pm

I had two cats when we brought Elena home, and they were perfectly fine with her. They barely seemed to acknowledge her existence. Every once in a while they would give her a sniff as they walked by, as if to say "Huh. This thing is still here. Oh well".


Right before Christmas our older kitty got sick and had to be put down, so now we only have one cat. Up until a couple of weeks ago he still wasn't bothered by Elena at all. But now she is starting to "talk" to him, and it's got him a little freaked out. She also started reaching for him whenver he came relatively close to her, and that's got him freaked out even more. It's at the point now where he runs now whenever he sees her, unless she's in our arms or something, and she's not even physically chasing him yet! I have two friends with cats and small children, and they've



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Thu, 02-04-2010 - 12:10am

Jennifer,


I just wanted to say that I am in the same situation as you. We have two kitties that are almost 6yo and our male cat especially is spoiled rotten and follows me wherever I go. Our cats also get into everything -

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Thu, 02-04-2010 - 11:33am
Thank you everyone!! I so appreciate your advice! We are hoping for the best for our furbabies and we think it will be okay. Our girl will definitely hide the first few days and he will probably sniff her out and probably start running when she starts to cry. He can be a scaredy-cat at times but we will be very vigilant when he is around the baby. Our female is much smarter than our male and she knew something was up when we moved the dresser into the second room. We are looking at the 42" high gates which we know both our cats can't jump over. Found a great deal on Amazon for around $80.00. Geoff told me the baby will smell like me which will be more familiar to the cats and they will adjust easier. Has anyone experienced this? I am hoping everything will be good and the adjustment period will be short.
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Tue, 02-23-2010 - 1:43pm

Don't have a cat, but our dog Casey has done extremely well. My husband came home with the baby blanket to let him sniff. He came home while I was still in the hospital and slept at home so the dog wasn't by himself. We have no family nearby to watch him.

He didn't know what to think of David at first. He is still jealous when my husband holds the baby but then again he is my husband's dog. He is pretty good with me and the baby. He didn't like when David cried, he would bark. He has gotten used to that. When David first came home, we supervised them closely. We still do and don't let them be alone without anyone however all Casey does is lick David and he hasn't shown any aggression. I can even take them for a car ride together now. I took Casey to the groomer and my husband was at work so I had no choice. They both did really well.

I was worried as Casey was our only baby and his previous owner was a retired woman who lived by herself so he never had much exposure to kids. However, he did great. He is 11 however he acts like a puppy. I think the only time he gets upset is if I am doing something with David that I can't feed or take him outside. I think he has adjusted really well and realizes we aren't replacing him.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 8:39am
Question:
I have one dog and two cats. The dog and the older cat behave nicely around the baby, they are maybe a little jealous, but they are handling it well. The younger cat, still a kitten in many ways (she's 5 months old), is oblivious to the baby's existence but is so curious that she's always climbing and exploring everything, and that includes baby's bag, crib and stroller. The other day I found her curled up sleeping in the stroller!! I just don't know what to do anymore, scolding, spraying with water and even... ahem... hitting her, haven't worked.
DH is almost to the limit of his patience and has talked about leaving her in some random farm nearby. To me that is abandon, so I've talked him out of it, but no one I know will take her, and the shelters are so over flooded with pets that I don't know what to do anymore.
Unless... maybe there is no real danger about a cat being in contact with a newborn and we can just relax about the whole thing??? (she's an indoor/outdoor cat and is in contact with everything you can find outdoors)
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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 8:33am

The kitten is still just a baby just like Fede! Please do not abandon her (or hit her!). She is still learning so you have to get used to using the spray bottle consistently and eventually she will learn.

There is also nothing harmful with her touching things associated with the baby but you could start always keeping them out of reach or covered with blankets if it bothered you. Or putting aluminum foil in the stroller so that she learns it isn't meant for her:)

Just close your bedroom door if you are worried she would sleep too close to Fede as I think that would be the only real danger but since you co-sleep I don't think you have anything to worry there either.

Good luck:)



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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 8:51am
Thanks for the answer Ash.
If there is nothing harmful with that, then that changes things somewhat. Most of the big deal was fear of the baby catching some disease.
I'll make sure to ask about this to the pediatrician next appt, so DH gets convinced and gets off the poor furry thing's back.
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