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The side effect of pregnancy no-one ever tells you about… (… If you're a cat owner)

47 replies

sizeofalentil · 04/06/2017 22:21

My bloody cats keep bringing me bloody (sometimes literally) live mice, birds and rat babies. Confused

Very insistent that I take them.

Two of them (the cats) have practically velcro-ed themselves to my side, and come and sit with me and pat me gently when I'm throwing up. Pretty sure they think the baby is one of theirs.

Their odd behaviour around me was one of the reasons I took the pregnancy test in the first place.

Guessing they can either tell I am not 100% as I am in bed a lot, or they can smell the hormonal changes and are acting on instinct.

Anyone else have pets that 'know' something is up, and have been acting weirdly since you got the BFP?

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mysecret321 · 04/06/2017 22:25

Jeeeez my cat is following me everywhere pretty sick of it tbh 😂 he waits for me outside the toilet then follows me around everywhere. When my dd tried to take him off me while I was asleep he was holding onto the quilt in pure despair! 😂

CowParsleyNettle · 04/06/2017 22:29

My dog used to sleep in a crate at night, about a week before we found out he started going nuts at night and refusing to sleep in the cage. Found out I was pregnant and he's not slept in it since.

My horse too knew something was up and didn't put a foot wrong the whole pregnancy and used to nuzzle my bump.

Parrcful · 04/06/2017 22:30

Hahaha, I didn't have a cat living with me when I was pg 😍

dontbesillyhenry · 04/06/2017 22:42

We got our cat as soon as we found out I was pregnant. I was off work with hg and the cat lay on my belly the whole time. The baby (18 months) absolutely adores the cat now- the cat isn't so keen 😂

LittleFryingPan · 04/06/2017 22:46

They definitely know. Mine used to sleep with her paw on my pulse and would go mental if anyone other than DP came near me.

DD adores her and will chase her everywhere but she's not mad keen on DD funnily enough..

BeanExpectin9 · 05/06/2017 07:37

My cat definitely knew! Before I did to be honest... he's not really a cuddler and suddenly became obsessed with kneading my stomach and nuzzling. He slept on my 27wk tummy last night and endured swift kicks from little lady in utero. Very cute new side to him!
Cats are super wise!!

TheHouseOfIllRepute · 05/06/2017 07:56

My 2 left home and moved in with a neighbour
They wouldn't come back so we agreed she could keep them Sad

barrythebee · 05/06/2017 08:12

Shock at all these loving cats during pregnancy. Mine hated me she used to come and attack me for no reason, practically hiss at me, didn't want to know. She was horrible to me. After I had the baby sh returned to being loving and nice and has always been good with my toddler. She just didn't like me pregnant Grin

ImBreakingBad · 05/06/2017 08:19

Mine follow me around incessantly! I've had 2 crows and a pigeon in the past week - including one on the foot of my bed Sad.

Previously, one of our cats followed me everywhere trying to pee on me.

I prefer the birds Grin

Aquiver · 05/06/2017 08:51

These are so interesting!

Do both female and male cats that exhibit a change in personality / behaviours (and does it make any difference if they've been neutered / spayed themselves)?

I'm just wondering if it's only / mainly female cats that display these maternal and protective behaviours.

glastogal · 05/06/2017 09:05

My male cat has suddenly become a big fan of my lap.. he never has been before! My female cat has always been a cuddler, so I haven't noticed a change in her.

eurochick · 05/06/2017 09:08

I was out for a work dinner at 10 weeks. There was a cat mooching around the terrace for scraps. It came over to me, sniffed, jumped up on my lap and curled I and went to sleep! There was no hiding it from my colleagues with cats at that point.

PrincessPlod · 05/06/2017 09:12

My smaller cat got a bit weird peeing in the house and same happened to my sisters cat when she was pregnant. It's to do with our hormones and them knowing there will be a new arrival and worried you don't love them. Lots of cuddles has stopped my cat doing it although sadly my sister didn't figure this out but the weeping on the carpet stopped the day the baby was brought home.

Pretendbookworm · 05/06/2017 09:18

I didn't notice a change while I was pregnant but after DS was born my male cat who has always followed me everywhere and slept in bed with me objected to the new arrival so refused to eat for a few weeks in protest. He's fine now but when I took him to the vet she diagnosed him with stress and asked if anything has changed at home. Grin He's just a big teddy bear - always backs down to my much smaller female cat and only goes out to wee.

LoveMyLittleSuperhero · 05/06/2017 09:22

I don't have a cat but my dog refused to let anyone near me (including dp), insisted on sleeping on the bed with at least one paw touching me, and sat/lay infront of or next to me anywhere I went. I actually took the pregnancy test purely because he was being such a fruit loop Blush

CoodleMoodle · 05/06/2017 09:27

I went back to stay with DM for awhile when I was heavily pregnant (she was much closer to the hospital). She's got two, we've had them since I was a teenager.

Boy cat, who is typically stuck to DM, spent most of his time snuggled up to me. Once I'd had DD he fucked off back to DM again! Girl cat is a bit dim and didn't even notice...

Gooseygoosey12345 · 05/06/2017 09:46

Yep, my dogs are the same (although they don't bring me small animals). Took a test because of their behaviour, it was positive. And they're male dogs. Weird

Flappergirl86 · 05/06/2017 10:56

That's weird! Our cat who has never caught anything at all (ever) and she's 10 years old caught a bird and dumped it outside the baby nursery! It was the sweetest most unwanted gift ever.

Natsku · 05/06/2017 11:05

My cat has not become more cuddly or anything since I got pregnant, in fact she's possibly less snuggly with me than usual. I think she's just jealous she won't be the baby any more... Grin

Cineraria · 05/06/2017 11:34

We don't have a cat ourselves but each of my pregnancies including this one has been announced a couple of days before I've tested by a visit from a neighbour's little black boy cat. He doesn't come into our garden otherwise but on his announcement visits, he looks through the glass back door at me and will come in to look round the house and rub his face on me if allowed.

Scaredycat2016 · 05/06/2017 14:21

Don't have a cat but some of my horses changed from very early on. 1 of them sulked for 2 solid months, 1 started "protecting" me from another horse (that I reallu didnt need protecting from haha shes like an overgrown dog!) And they all now lightly head butt my bump having never ever head bitted previously. It's quite sweet really. I think they'll be some serious jealousy issues when the baby arrives though! X

Funnyfarmer · 05/06/2017 15:50

My dog built a "nest" behind the sofa, by ripping up the carpet.
She Also started lactating
When baby arrived she started acting like an interfering MIL. Trying to push me out of way when I was changing her and trying to clean her, herself

OnNaturesCourse · 05/06/2017 16:06

My cat cries constantly unless they are by my side, or being fed. Also they have never been on the bed, always slept next to it however now, no matter how many times we put them down, they insist on jumping up and being on me... Or above my head. DP doesn't get a look in lol.

LurkingQuietly · 05/06/2017 16:17

Oh shit. I actually commented to DH this morning about "that arsehole cat (affectionate, I promise) couldn't give two shits about me normally yet the hot weather comes and he wants to sit on my lap and sleep on my chest all the time"

Off to the chemist, I think!

SecondMrsAshwell · 05/06/2017 17:28

Previously, one of our cats followed me everywhere trying to pee on me.

Thank you. I've just snorted coffee all over my face and down my front.

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