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post #1 of 12
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Hi all, First let me say this is a great site, about time we had something dedicated to our precious feline friend.

Well I'm mama lion, the reason I choose this name is because I have just found out I am 5 weeks pregnant.
Myself and hubbie have 4 cats who are our pride and joy and want to do everything to make sure cats and baby can live together.

The cats are 100% indoor cats, and I know when we make our announcement that all we're going to hear is "cats have gotta go" and I will tell you under no circumstances is that happening. So I am wondering if you can offer some advise and even better if anyone has had any experience
post #2 of 12
Welcome to TCS! Congratulations on the baby! I don't have children, so I can't give you any advice but there are alot of wonderful people on here that will give you some great advice.
post #3 of 12
i have always had cats and i have heard the horror stories of blah u cant have cas and kids NOT TRUE !!! when i brought my new borns home i introduced them to the cats and would always peek like i was not looking to see what they where up to.... at night thogh i would keep then outside of the room where the baby sleeps ( i would recomend starting on this training before the baby arrives ) a new sleeping area for the cats would be good other then the babies room. and when we had our bew additions ( human babies) we would just watch and keep a good eye out , the cats had to learn some limits such as no u cant jump in the crib .ect sometimes the milk smell makes the curious so as a rule when feeding my babies id feed the cats there moist food as to keep them busy....eventually cats and kids got along cats 9 year old kids 9 and 11 now!! sucess!! lool
and congrats on your new addition!!!!! many have raised cats and babys together and there are a lot of great people on here that will help offer suggestions
post #4 of 12
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #5 of 12
Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Congratulations on your pregnancy!
You'll have to update us all on everything & hopefully we can see photos someday!

Best Wishes to you, your hubby, & your future new family addition! Enjoy the forums!
post #6 of 12
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
post #7 of 12
Congratulations and Welcome!

My husband and I haven't started our family, but I like to pay attention to threads like this for when that time comes. So I can't tell you from experience, but I'll add a few things I remember. I know there are other members who can give some more detailed advice.

One thing I've heard of people doing is putting a screen type door in the baby's room, so you can see in, but they can't get in. I've also looked at the crib covers and things. I've also heard of recording a baby crying and playing that sound randomly throughout the day so your cats will get used to that noise. I know Cat Fancy ran an article on that a few months back and they gave a time line of things to do and when.

Oh and let your husband do the litter changing for a while! You'll be doing enough!
post #8 of 12
Hi, welcome to TCS!
So glad you've joined us!
Congratulations on becoming a Mama Lion.

You ask an important question.
I had several children while sharing our home with cats.
Not being exposed to the litter is one of the most important things you can do.
As long as you take the precautions suggested above,
you and your sweetie will be fine.
See you around the site.

post #9 of 12
One of the reasons people get wiggy about babies and cats is the old wives tale that the kitty will take the baby's breath... that is such a bunch of junk!

Also, cats can transmit a disease called toxoplasmosis to people. So while you're pregnant, wear gloves to clean the litter,as it can be transmitted through cat waste. Or better yet, let hubby do the cleaning.

Not meaning to scare you.

Here is a link to the CDC with FAQs:
post #10 of 12
congratulations! I had my heart cat, Lister, when I was pregnant with my first child. When I came home from the hospital with my baby Sarah I went in the house to greet my Lister first. She seriously followed me around the house biting my ankles, I think she thought I abandoned my baby.
Sarah and Lister loved each other, Lister always wanted to be close to Sarah. And when Sarah got old enough to walk (we had Smedley the cat by then too) she would drag a string so the cats would chase after her, it was so much fun.
Cats can coexist just fine. Just ignore the naysayers.

Lister and Smedley are no longer with us, but now I am a mom to 3 little kids and Raven the kitten loves my baby (he is 1 now) the most. She will lay on his lap while I feed him a bottle and pur and pur.

PM me if you have any specific questions.
post #11 of 12
Welcome!! Hope you enjoy the site!!

post #12 of 12
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Congratulations on your wonderful news - plenty of members here are new parents with kitties - I'm sure you'll get plenty of helpful advice.
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