Do any of you, or did you, have house pets when baby came? My DH and I have two siamese house cats, both are neutered and declawed... one is declawed in front only the other has no claws at all. We also have an Australian Shepherd (female) that sleeps in the entry at night, and is allowed in the house sometimes during the day when we are around. Do you think any of them posses a threat to baby? DH has already invented a way to keep the cats out of the crib. He is going to make a 'lid' for it out of cheffon and wood. I am no longer in charge of litter box cleaning, and the box is at oppisite end of house as the room. And DH is building puppy her kennel in the spring, he just didn't have enough time this fall to do it before the ground froze, so she will not be in the house with baby. My parents always had a house cat with all five of us and my sis has two house cats with her babies and they didn't cause any problems.. Thought it might be different since I have siamese... they can really find a lot of trouble to get into. What precautions should I take?
I have an albino siamese and a half siamese. The Albino has been a part of our family long before our first son. She was such a charmer with our kids. Granted she still gets in plenty thanks to her being siamese. Our part siamese was added to our family whil I was pregnant with our second son. She did remarlable well also. Matter of fact she actually protects both our sons. My oldest was in trouble with me and I had yelled at him,she flew out from under a chair and latched onto my face with her claws. DH wanted to trhow her out right then and there but I convinced him to let me take her in to get her declawed and things have been fine since. Though she does yowl at us if we get onto either of our sons. The cats have let the boys do whatever they want to them and never once have the bitten or clawed them.
I was also raised around cats and never recall anything bad happening because of them.
Keep a close eye on the animals with the baby.. but I don't suggest you kicking any animals out of the house simply because you are pregnant or have a new baby.. if your dog sleeps indoors, why change that? Has she proven to be aggressive toward babies? If not why kick her out now?
I would definitely keep an eye on the cats but my main concern would be them wanting to nap in the babies bed but it sounds like you are on top of that.
As long as you keep on eye on things.. I see no reason to change what it is you're already doing.
My vet said to definately NOT put the dog outside. She will see that as the baby replacing her. If you keep her in, she will probably see the baby as hers, and be protective of him/her. This could prove to be a great relationship, so I would urge you to not change the dog's routine. That may make the dog hostile. Dogs often surprise us. Just make sure you do not ignore the dog when the baby is around, and you'll do great. Give the dog attention just like you did before, and the dog will be happier than before, because there is a new job for her(the dog): to protect the baby.
I saw on a news program where a Siberean Huskey came through the doggy dore and killed a 3 week old baby while the mother was in the shower. It was jealous because it always got the attention.
I don't want to scare you, but I just want you to be on guard.
I also have a friend that has 2 house cats and she just had trippletts (all boys - what a woman). The cats are very protective and when one of the babies cry on cat sits down beside the baby and the other one finds mommy. One time my friend was feeding one of the boys and another baby started crying. She said "I'm sorry sweety, but you are just going to have to wait a min. I will feed you next". And the cat looked at her and Meowed, and then started running back and forth from the crying baby to the bottles in the kitchen. It was like it was saying "Feed him Now" or "Get the bottle and let me do it".
That is rare and horrific! Good God! Poor Mom!! Poor Baby!! They sell baby crib nets that go over the top like a tent or canopy at most baby stores. As for the dog keep the dog and baby around when you are around and literaly introduce him/her to the dog and always include the dog when paying attention to the baby almost like asibling, but just not AS far. OH definitly baby talk your dog that ALWAYS works. Soon the dog won't pay much attention and you even see that the dog is protective over your little one.
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Val had that too with her dd's. She had two cats and she was able to buy a mesh, plastic rodded, screened with zipper attachment to go over the crib. They sell them for about $50+ and they wrap around the crib with velcro. She put a blanket on top and it looked like a canopy crib. I would be careful with the wood, cuz of splinters and the treatment they use on the wood. wouldn't want the baby to get sick from it or anyone get hurt. I'm sure you will be able to make it all safe. The cats did try to jump into bed with the baby, if only to cuddle or sniff their mouths, so she kept the door shut and used a monitor and put a ticking clock in the room, so that she'd be sure the monitor was working if she could hear the clock. It worked great. The cats could tell that she was very protective of the baby and kept their distance. She brought the baby home, set it down on the floor and let the cats sniff all they wanted. While they were sniffing, she spoke to the cats in a stern voice and said "that's my baby, you be nice or else !" they never caused any problems. I do the litter box and we keep it in the basement, so she doesn't have to gag over any smells. The nose is sooo sensitive. Dogs are supposed to be even better with babies. My sil has a black lab and it starts to bark softly everytime the baby lets out the smallest cry. I wouldn't ever get rid of the cats as long as they behave. And we do have them declawed (one just the front and the other was adopted and had both sets removed). But when animals have no defense like claws, they will bite if they are hurt. These cats are used to our 4 yr old picking her up and rubbing her fur the wrong way. it takes alot to make her mad, but it's the pranets responsibility to make sure that baby/animals respect eachother and have their own space. I'm sure all will be fine, but I would re-think or really plan that wooden top for the crib. Check out a baby store or go online to try to find that cover i told you about. Hope this helps. Dogs mouths are dirty, but not as dirty as cats and humans have the dirtiest of them all. I can't stand to see a mom pick up a pacifier that has fallen down and stick it in her mouth and then put it in her baby's mouth. That is sooooo disgusting and full of germs. Many ppl do this, to each their own i guess, but it's not a good idea at all. Anyone else have feeling on this one ? take care and be blessed <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">
Okay I have done that. I will only do it if The pacifyer fell face up though. Otherwise I search for a sink fast. You will see Chris. One day it'll happen. You'll end up even eating food they put in your mouth that was in their's first!! Sounds horrible, but it's better than nothing and a crying baby. It is a good idea to carry alcohol wipes too for pacifyers that have fallen. Wait for it to dry, which is fast since it is alcohol, and it won't hurt the baby any.
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actually chris, interesting fact... cats have natural anti bacterial in their mouths! The vet said they have mouths that are way cleaner than dogs or (like you said) ours. I know that's hard to believe because the lick their butts (LOL) but that's what the anti bacterial is for. Maybe I'm partial, because I have 3 cats but they are the cleanest, easiest animals (Excepting the whole litter box thing, which my hubby takes care of) and they keep their bodies so much cleaner than dogs, too. I've had dogs. But Oopsy, I agree, I was raised with animals, and never had any problems. I do kind of worry about two of my cats in particular (they have such different personalities) because they crave alot of my attention and I always wonder how they will react once the baby is born. It was comforting to hear all the cute cat stories! The third cat doesn't seem to care about much of anything as long as we feed her! Oh, and Momofa4yearold, that was a cute story. I could see cats doing something like that. I have also heard that when raised and introduced properly, dogs will be EXTREMELY protective of children, and even better with them that cats are. Cats seem to have more jealousy issues, but they can probably be worked out. I have also seen toddlers and pets interacting where I felt way more sorry for the pets than I did for the kid! <p>[This message has been edited by siren24 (edited 02-13-2003).]
I have a one year old Black Pomeranian. and he is always INDOORS with me. Sleeps next to my husband and I. I think, right before the birth of my baby in April, i will take my pom to get a very GOOD trim. Basically, triming off all his hair, except for the face part. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">, i have been told that baby might be allergic to the hair and the hair is what carries a lot of germs ...
So, that is my plan;. But definitely not neglecting him... he is always going to be part of the family.
<B>EDD- 4/09/2003 - </B> It's a BOY !
When my ds was born we had a VERY big German Sheppard, I was nervous, but before he was born I think he knew something was coming, he would lay under the babys crib, when ds came home, our dog just adored him!! Was very carefull around him! Now we have a 8 month old Jack Russell, and I think he will do fine, he has been aaround my brothers baby, and was good with her!
Siren, thanks for the info....A friend of mine just got out of the hospital over a cat bite. It was an indoor cat with all it's shots and the doc said that cats were dirtier biters. But I also guess it depends on the animal, where they live (indoor/out door) and what they eat (dead birds or mice or cat food). It does seem logical though since cats clean themselves more than dogs do. My buddy had to be given iv antibiotics for three days cuz his cat bit him while he was trying to help him. The cat was in pain and no one knew. So thanks for the info.... We have two cats and love them dearly. they're long-haired mainecoons and stay inside all the time but the fur can be a hassle. I hope everyone gets to keep their pets and doesn't have any problems. I'm sure that if the baby is kept away from being alone with the animals, that all will be well. Take care <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">
Marie, you are funny. But I guess I will see and will be totally grossed out if/when it happens to me. hehe.
I can't stand it when Val calls for the "5 second" rule when food or a treat falls on the floor with her dd's. She tells me I'm anal about too much stuff and that we breathe in dirt/dust all the time. I can't even drink my coffee if there's a floaty in it and I made it. Ewww ! I hope to relax a bit on this kinda stuff though. The pacifier thing still freaks me out though. I saw at the store that they now sell these pacifier holders that have cleaner in them, just in case it falls on the ground...have to stock up on those for us. I guess because it's my first, i'll be overprotective. It's Val's 3rd, so she is much more relaxed about ppl holding the baby and stuff like this. take care <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">
Hey Chris - I think I will probably be the same way as you! I know as time goes you get more relaxed, but we'll see. I may surprise myself and you may not be as strict as you think either.
We have two cats - they have been our "kids" for two years. They have already started acting a bit weird. My one Smokey freaks out for no reason at all, but I am wondering if somehow she senses the baby in my belly. Because she likes to snuggle up against my belly and then for no apparent reason will jump off of me like something really freaked her. It'll be interesting when the baby actually kicks her!!
I am praying Smokey and Bandit will be o.k. with our baby!! I think they will as long as we still make sure we pay them attention and include them like said earlier like a sibling.
I pray you all do well with introducing your pets to your babies!!!
Angel <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif">
chris, you are right about cat bites. They are very deceptive because the punctures are so small and people tend not to take them seriously, but they get infected quickly and badly. My mom had a friend who nearly lost a hand from a cat bite. I thought you were talking about cats who are "lickers" (I have a cat that licks me constantly... like I'm one of her own. It's so cute) and that cat's licks are actually very clean. So, sorry about correcting you! Maine Coones are BEAUTIFUL cats. I bet the hair is a hassle, though. I have shorthairs, and I have to carry a lint roller with me everywhere, so I could imagine all that Maine Coone hair.
Angel, that is so strange about your cat! I have a beautiful calico who does that sometimes, too. I adopted her as a stray orphaned 4 wk. old and bottle fed her for a while, so we've really bonded. She still comes to me for "lovin" but she's been acting a little funny lately. She has huge jealousy issues, and won't even sit with me when one of the other cats is there. She's VERY mild mannered, though, so I don't think she'd hurt the baby but she tends to get sulky and pee on things when she's not happy, and that's what I'm worried about when the baby gets here. My DH has already threatened to get rid of her because the peeing REALLY gets on his nerves, but she's stopped doing it now that I've been home more and paying more attention to her, I just hope she doesn't start back after the baby. I'd hate to get rid of her. I guess we'll just have to play it by ear.