Curious to know if anyone has had any problems with a cat and a new baby - wondering if getting a crib (gauze/netting) cover is worthwhile or just another thing to flog new mums. Don't want our cat to climb in with the baby as he is used to sleeping by us at night (do cats even tend to do this?) but the crib cover I've seen was £50! FTM obviously
Keep the door closed if you can. Cats will want to sleep in warm snuggly places and the crib will be warm and comfy. Risks are small but as an adult I once woke in the night gasping for breath - my cat had decided to lay across my face to sleep!
I used to shut my cat out when my little one was newborn. But the meowing/scratching at the door made me give in. He was always waking us up. Never had any issues-he slept in his usual place by our feet. Had zero interest in the crib. And wanted to stay as far away from the baby inside as possible. (16months later and he still runs when my boy comes near...) when no. 2 arrives I'll probably shut the door again for first month or two though.
Think he will have to get used to a closed door! He does like to cuddle up close to our chests in the morning so obviously don't want him doing this anywhere near the baby. Also planning to go for a co-sleeping crib and having a net cover over the top of it does just seem to go against the point of easy access etc.
Mothercare do an insect net which is a lot cheaper than the cat nets I have seen and does the same job.
We have started to confine our cats to the living room at night, they previously slept in our bedroom, but we didn't want them to associate the baby with their new sleeping arrangements so we have started the banishment now (I am 26 weeks). They don't see too fussed about it. I think they actually quite enjoy it as they're not disturbed by my frequent night time visits to the loo!
I'm at a similar point wawabear (25 weeks) so might start shutting him out of the bedroom now too so he's used to it by d-day. Feel bad (total soft touch) but I'm sure it'll be worse dealing with a yowling cat waking up bubs when he's actually sleeping.
My cat seems to want to sleep on anything baby related she has also become a pain and started peeing in the house due to the cold weather! Baby not here till April we have 2 cat flaps one from outside into the utility room and then from utility room into house! I have taped that one up so she now has to sleep in the utility room of a night I have made her a bed and brought a litter tray as she does not like to pee outside in cold weather! She seems happy and sleeps in the house in the day and I let her out into the utility room when she wants to wee or go outside, and put her out there at bed time. Maybe you could get your kitty into a new routine before baby arrives! Worked for me.
My cat had an obsession with anything baby related, we decided that we would shut him out of the bedroom at night time before dd arrives so he doesn't blame her. We couldn't keep him out of the Moses basket or car seat so I lined them with tin foil and he has taken a second look since.
I was concerned about this when I first had my granddaughter stay as a baby but my cats all avoided her. Still have plenty of cats and 30 weeks pregnant but I assume it will be similar, they will have a look and a sniff but will probably stick to their usual sleeping spots. One of mine has become very clingy/ protective of me recently but don't think it will cause any difficulties