Dear Claw Confused,
Congratulations on the baby! When dealing with babies and cats, prudence and common sense always win. I have put together some tips that might be useful to you.
Cats May Prevent Asthma
New studies indicate that children who live with cats can develop an immune response which prevents them developing asthma.
To read more follow this link: BBC News. - Simba
Siblings Squabble over Cat
For the past few years, I begged my mom for a cat. She bought me one last year I love my cat very much, but my sister thinks he is hers. She wanted a cat just as badly as I did. My question to you is this: My sister has made my cat hers and as glad as I am a she likes him, I would rather have her get her own cat instead of using mine. How could I convince my mom to get my sister her own cat so that I do not have to share mine? It might sound selfish, but she has recently started putting bows on his ears and tail. PLEASE help me! L-Anonymous
Your cat must feel very lucky to be loved by both you and your sister. I do worry that he will begin to suffer gender confusion given the bows your sister puts on him! J
Remember that a cat is not a toy, it is a living, breathing and loving creature. It is likely that your cat has formed a bond with your sister, so you should continue to 'share' him, if only for kitty's sake. Before you ask mom & dad for a new cat, be sure that this is not a case of jealousy or sibling rivalry. Ask yourself if you will you still want the new (or old) cat if your sister no longer plays with him? Also, is your sister is not up for the task of caring for a cat, are you able and willing to care for two cats? Take the cat's feelings into account If you feel you are up to the task, tell mom that you and your sister have a lot of love to give and that you would like to give kitty a new friend. If you have demonstrated that you have been a good parent to your kitty, I see no reason why she would say no. Keep me posted. Simba
Be sure to check out Helping New Cats Adjust for tips on introducing a new cat to your home.
Cat Keeps Kid Awake
My daughter's 9-week-old kitty likes to play all night. The kitty will lay in its bed, but prefers to go in and out of my daughter's bed. While this keeps her awake, my daughter prefers to have "her" kitty sleep with her. School will be starting soon and we need to get this resolved. Any suggestions? - Ginger
It is in your kitten's nature to be a hyper little fuzz ball. Due to cat's different sleep patterns you can be assured that your daughter will not get her rest with the kitten in her room. I recommend that you and your daughter begin say good night to the kitten before bedtime, and perhaps together set the food and water out. This may make her feel closer to the kitten while at the same time instilling in her the responsibility that comes with a cat. Tell her that the kitten needs its rest too and that it will be there for her in the morning, after-school and there for naps, and so on and so on. I hope this helps. Keep me posted. Simba
You may want to check out "Aspca Pet Care Guides for Kids: Kitten" for more information.
Child Squeezes Kitten
I am very happy with my new family, but I do not really like my 2-year-old human brother. He likes to hold me, but when he does, he tends to squeeze to hard and it hurts. pleeeeaaaase help me! Kit-Kat
It is nice that your brother likes you and enjoys holding you, but I am a little worried that how he is doing it is not good for either of you.
As you know, kittens often squirm and wiggle so it is not hard for them to fall from child’s arms and get injured. In addition, some kittens have been known to bite or scratch when they are held too tight. This is not good for your brother. My recommendation is that you ask your mommy to supervise your brother when he wants to play with you. Ideally, he would be sitting down with his mommy and would then let you approach him. Perhaps you can talk her into letting him give you treats or play other games (see Playtime). Remind your mommy that you are not a stuffed doll and that you are fragile and can get hurt, just like a little baby would. Let me know how it goes. Your pal, Simba