Scenario: Your Cat Climbs into the Crib with the Baby….

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How about the story of the cat who stole the baby’s breath. Heard it? You know, the super scary one that every parent with a cat will eventually hear from someone? It’s totally true, we swear. Okay, not really, but as someone who doesn’t own a cat I know that the idea that a cat in the crib could hurt the baby is one that made me go cross-eyed when the idea of ever adopting a kitten came up. If I had a cat? I know I’d be pretty anxious about it ever going into the baby’s room – or any room the baby was already in!

Ever wonder what your cat does when he/she sneaks away for an adventure? One family decided they really wanted to know what kitty was up to when she went prowling around the nursery so they set up a cam.






















Surprisingly – or maybe not so surprisingly – the cat did get into the baby’s crib. She didn’t steal the baby’s breath or even try to cuddle too close for comfort. What she did do probably says a lot more about the mammalian mothering instinct than anything else:




Is that what you expected? Do you love it? Hate it? Are you like totes grossed out?


We’d love to hear from other moms out there with cats. Did you ever feel anxious about having a cat in the same house as your baby or child?  Please give us non-cat-owning mamas the 411! I’m allergic so ultimately that kitten had to go home with someone else, but I still love watching these sneaky pets from afar and hearing good stories and viewing hilarious videos from all of you cat owners. Let’s see yours!







2 Responses

  1. Sorry, you are wrong,wrong,wrong, A cat will steal a babies breath ! yes ! I have witnessed it ! there was no mistake , and it was scary ! it is NOT a myth ! GET RID OF THE CAT !

  2. Cats cannot steal the breath from babies, or anyone else for that matter. How would that even work…?
    HOWEVER, a cat, just like a stuffed toy, pillow or blanket in a crib could impede airflow and thus increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or even outright suffocation (Especially if the cat is cuddly and the baby is very young). And if the baby hurts or startles the cat with its grabbing and flailing, the cat may scratch or bite, and you don’t want that.
    But you don’t have to get rid of your cat. Just keep a close eye on any interaction between your baby and your cat (Or your dog, bunny, ferret, wombat or any other pet.) Keep the door to the room where your baby is sleeping closed. Or, if you baby sleeps in a room you can’t keep your cat out of, use a cover like a bug net, screen or fitted crib sheet over the top of the crib to keep kitty out.
    On the bright side, there are studies suggestion that children who grow up with pets are less likely to have allergies. So that’s nice.

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