Originally Posted by stampit3d
I just saw a thread about the old wives tale about a cat "stealing someones breath". (I`d always heard it that they could steal a BABY`S breath)
Just wondering if it would be possible for a cat, smelling the milk on a baby`s breath, then settling down to sleep against the baby`s face....could the tale have come from something like that accidently happening? (Esp a tiny newborn that could`nt move it`s face away????
you know, i never would have thought so til i catsat my grandkitty sheldon! i started the thread you mentioned, and while i instinctively will move either him or my head away so that i can breathe when he lays on top of my face,
i would think its quite possible that a cat could get on top of a baby or close enouuhg to its face and depending on the age of the baby, the baby would not be able to move away and could suffocate.
i have never heard of this happening but most people i know who have cats and a baby, put a screen door on the baby's room so that the cat can not get in at night, and they never leave the baby unsupervised during the day. (which no one does with an infant anyway)
its probably not really likely to happen, but with babies you want to take all the precauctions you can to keep them safe.
thats one thing you do not want to learn the hard way!
if someone has a baby and has any worries about this, they probably should speak to the pediatrician. they have seen everything and would know what the most sensible precautions are, i would think.