Three Cats And A Little Baby - My Experience With Having Cats With A Baby.

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Some of you may, or may not, know that I am a crazy cat lady. I have always preferred the company of cats, even though I have owned other pets in the past, including dogs.

Before I was pregnant, I wondered how my cats would adjust to having a baby around, especially because some of my cats have a lot of character about them, shall I say. Anyway, I thought I'd write a post about how we've got on with three cats and a little baby, in case anyone else is wondering about how their pets might adjust to a new addition to the family.




Fur babies background

So, again, if you know me, you'll know that I have three cats - Loki, Thor and Dobby. Loki and Thor are both older than Dobby, so are not always keen on Dobby's level of hyperactivity. Dobby came home with us just two weeks before we found out that we were pregnant with Edith in July 2017. I had been asking Max for a while if we could get another cat, and the year before (2016) he had foolishly promised that had we not been pregnant in a years time, we could get a new kitty. Fast forward a year, and that's exactly what happened. Part of me thinks Dobby was our good luck charm, or, at least, I like to think he is even if he is a naughty cat!

Dobby

Loki, was our first cat. We got him when he was very young, and depended on me for everything. It's safe to say that I'm the only human that he really likes. Anyone else, beware of your fingers (or feet) because he isn't friendly!

Loki

Thor, is very much Max's cat and is perhaps the friendliest of my bunch. He's quite a nervous cat around anyone, and will only come for a cuddle on his terms but he's also more of a hunter (when he can get out) than the others are.

Thor

Pregnancy and cats


I'd heard lots of different stories about how pets can sense a woman being pregnant, and I'm not sure how much truth there is to it. During my first pregnancy (which resulted in miscarriage), Loki became very wary of me. He would not let me touch him, and would not come near me. Looking back, perhaps he could sense that the pregnancy wasn't viable? Who knows. However, whilst I was pregnant with Edith, he acted no differently towards me than he would when I wasn't pregnant. The same goes for the other cats. They all gave me the same level of affection as before and made no effort to sit on my bump, as I have seen many other animals do.

Getting used to baby furniture.

During my pregnancy, I, being the overly excited and eager person that I am, couldn't wait to get all of the baby furniture up and ready for Edith's arrival. I had also been talking to some of my friends, who had cats, and asked how their pets coped with having a baby in the house. I was told that getting the furniture up beforehand was very helpful as it meant that they could grow used to seeing and smelling the new things in the house. It was also handy to be able to tell them not to sleep in the cots, etc. This made perfect sense to me, because after having so many people telling me to 'be careful that the cats don't get in with the baby because she will smell like milk', I was keen to stop them from using her things quickly. However, anyone that has cats will know that a cat will do as they please regardless of how many times you tell them to not do something.

Naughty Dobby!

New arrivals


Bringing Edith home, I was nervous anyway because, well, she was a new tiny baby that depended on me, and truth be told I had no idea what I was doing. Anyway, I was also concerned with the cats getting under my feet whilst walking up/down the stairs, especially with my C-section recovery.

I don't really know why I was worried, because the cats weren't bothered in the slightest. Sure, they came and had a sniff but quickly grew bored of Edith and didn't really pay us much attention. Now that she is bigger, they are more wary, especially with her wandering hands that like to pull on their fur!

Thor is really the only brave one that will go near her, which surprises me because he is the nervous cat. Of course, I tell Edith to be stroke the cats nicely, as if she knows what that means but she is very grabby with them still. However, Thor, is so placid around her and just lays with her unfazed by her and accepts the rough attention.

So, ultimately, nothing has really changed in our household with our cats. They are still the same mischievous, grumpy and loving cats (to us) that they were before.

How did your pets get on when you had your baby?

Thanks, lovelies.


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