Should I get rid of my pets before the baby is born?

I have 2 cats and people were always telling me to get rid of them. My son is 3 months old and all 3 are healthy and happy. I was just wondering if any one else was told by well meaning people to get rid of their family pet regardless of type before there baby was born and how they handled it. (most of the time I just ignored them)


Asked by at 6:26 PM on Oct. 27, 2008 in Pets

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  • i wasnt told, but i heard that its not sanitary to have pets around babys, i dont know why some people think that though, i know they shed and whatnot, but i wouldnt ditch my pets for anything!!

    Answer by americansugar80 at 6:49 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • I was told by my mom and sisters and I hated them for it . I still haven't talked to my sisters because of it. They made it such a big deal when I got home from the hospital. I had a c-section and on meds so I didn't take it very well when they kept bringing it up over and over again. I will never give up my dog because people or family wants me to. It's your decision and your pets are family. I don't think anyone should give themselves the right to tell you what to do with your pets.

    Answer by nora17 at 6:52 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • I was told many MANY times to get rid of my pets. I had 3 cats & a border collie (one of my cats recently died). I just simply told them no they're my animals & it's my baby & i'll do with them what I want. Even when I had just found out I was pregnant I only had 2 cats, then I got another one that was black & my dad, aunt, my fiance's grandpa & pretty much everyone else that saw him told me to get rid of him or told me to never get anymore animals.

    Answer by bassyentihw at 6:54 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • I was never told to get rid of our cat while i was pregnant with my son and after he was born we still kept our cat but most the cat was really great around him and our son love the cat.

    Answer by LoriAnn87 at 7:12 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • we have now two ball phyton snakes but they can't get out because the cage they are in is sealed very well and they can't out. but the person that gave us the snake had them around his son. i would not get rid of pets only if my son was allerigic to them or they bought harm to him but other then that i would not do if some one told me too. our pets are part of our family.

    Answer by LoriAnn87 at 7:14 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • I have two cats and they are staying :) If someone told me that, I'd just do what I usually do when I recieve obnoxious advice. Cover my ears and go lalalala.

    Answer by the.deadly.mrs at 7:41 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • obviously if your pets aren't nice to the baby or dangerous it's not a bright idea to keep them. my cousin had iguanas and her daughter ended up dying from salmonila poisoning - they still have no idea how she ever came in contact w/the animals. we have had cats from day 1 though, and people have told us to get rid of them, but they don't hurt the baby, so we still have them

    Answer by baenglishwc05 at 8:53 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • People freaked out because I had two rottwiellers and everyone was afraid they would hurt the baby. My male was so protectective of my daughter, she used to fall asleep on the livingroom floor and he would curl up next to her and wrap his paws around her.

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 9:03 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • I was told to stay away from the cat litter box and to not change it while I was pregnant, so I just moved it outside. I did keep my cat though and there was no harm in it.

    Answer by BabyBeans0506 at 10:10 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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  • The danger of "pets" for pregnant women is actually just certain germs in cat feces. So just like BabyBeans said, a pregnant woman should be careful to avoid or wash away any contact. It has been known that pets can lie beside or upon a baby and block breathing or weigh too heavily, but I was just watchful to make sure that didn't happen. Some children might be allergic, but I think the mother's chemistry during pregnancy and breastfeeding both help against that. A further thing about allergies - recent research has linked taking antibiotics during pregnancy to more eczema and other allergies. Not ALWAYS - just a higher occurrence.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 10:51 PM on Oct. 27, 2008

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