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Cat Myth: Cats Steal the Breath From Babies

What we now know of as SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) may have been blamed on cats who enjoyed sharing a nap with an infant.

Use Common Sense

Because infants can’t turn to get away from objects, it’s not safe to have ANYTHING in the crib or bassinet with the baby and that includes a blanket, toy or stuffed animal. So for safety, keep your cat out of the crib but certainly allow your cat to enjoy being close to your baby at other times.

Keeping Your Cat out of the Crib

There are crib tents available that make it easy to keep the cat out of the crib. Choose one that has a hard top and sides so it doesn’t collapse into a hammock.

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When you set up the nursery before the baby arrives, you can train your cat to stay away from the crib. Place a number of empty plastic soda or water bottles and cans in there. Put some coins in the bottles (put the caps back on) so they make noise if they get rolled around. This way, your cat won’t be able to find a comfortable position in the crib.

Need More Information?

For more specific information on preparing your cat for the new baby, helping children develop good relationships with cats, cat training or cat behavior problems, refer to the books  by best-seller author, Pam Johnson-Bennett.

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