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Is having a pet cat around a newborn dangerous?

The whole pregnancy women are supposed to stay away from the litter box due to toxic chemicals. It seems like having a cat around a newborn would be just as dangerous for that reason. Even the most "trained" cats will still jump in the bassinet, swing, carseat, on clean clothes, etc. A cat goes and pushes its poop around with its paws in the litter box then gets out and walks around the house. Isn't that just spreading all of the chemicals from its poop to where the baby lays?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:48 PM on Dec. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • no cats or animals at all around newborns and babies... everybody knows that.. bacteria is dangerous

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 4:56 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • None of my cats have ever jumped in with my babies until they were older. I keep the cats out of babys room until baby is big enough to push cay off if cat is blocking their airway.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 5:01 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • There is something in cat feces ( i think ) that is toxic to pregnant women. This does not apply to babies.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:04 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • No, it's not a problem. The bug that you can catch from dirty cat liter only harms the fetus during early development. It is harmless to babies, children, and adults. If you have ever had a cat you have probably already caught it - did you even notice? Thought not.

    As for keeping pets from newborns, again, it's not a problem. There are very, very few bugs that can cross from an animal to humans (this is called zoonosis). Yes, you should keep your newborn away from dirty things (and any people who don't live in your home) for a couple of weeks. In other words, don't let the dog lick your newborn, don't let the cat drink from her bottle, and don't let Aunt May slobber her with kisses either.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:08 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • The only real danger with cats and tiny babies is that cats will seek out warmth - and will lie ON the baby. Cats weigh a lot and their weight can make it impossible for the baby to breathe. Keep the baby's door closed or get a crib tent to keep the cat out of the crib.

    Oh, and keep in mind that bacteria is GOOD for babies. Babies who don't grow up with pets, who grow up in super-clean households are more likely to get asthma and allergies.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:08 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • kaycee14 is right. the only real problem you have to worry about is if they lay on the baby and suffocate them as long as they don't do that you are ok.

    Answer by watersgirls at 5:12 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • The danger is toxoplasmosis. It is a bigger risk to people with a compromised immune system such as people who are HIV positive. Newborns are at risk because the immune systems are not completely developed yet. If you have cats or you bring your baby to a place that has cats like your parent's house or your in-laws try to make sure that the cat doesn't sit anywhere that you plan to put your baby down. If you aren't sure then put a blanket down over the surface first. Cats love cribs, swings, and bouncy seats.

    Answer by beckcorc at 5:13 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • I agree with Kaycee ;o)

    Answer by LexsiesMommy at 5:19 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • I don't think it's a problem. Just try to keep the cat off the baby and the babys things and don't allow it in the babys room.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 5:26 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

  • my cat ignores my baby so that isn't really a problem.

    Answer by rachelsmommy78 at 5:43 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

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