- 1. Bites And Scratches
- 2. Risk Of Infection
- 3. Middle Of The Night Inconveniences
- 4. Breathing Complications
- 5. Trigger Asthma And Allergies
- Myths About Cats And Babies Sleeping In The Same Room
- How To Introduce Your Cat To Sleep With A Baby In The Same Room
- Tips On Cats Sleeping In The Same Room As Baby.
Cats are quite unpredictable. Allowing your cat around your baby without supervision can be risky.
As much as the baby might sleep better with a cat around it, it might also cause some health problems.
Below are a few challenges in allowing your cat to sleep in the same room as your baby.
1. Bites And Scratches
It is even more dangerous because they may transmit diseases to the child.
2. Risk Of Infection
Most infections are transmitted through scratches, bites, or contact with the cat’s poop. Infections like scratch fever can cause the lymph glands to swell.
As you know, infants will touch everything and anything during their learning stages. In this process, they might touch the cat’s poop and touch their mouths, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.
These symptoms are caused by parasites like the salmonella, giardia, campylobacter, and cryptosporidium.
3. Middle Of The Night Inconveniences
Most of the time, cats will look for exits around the room to walk out of the house, especially in the middle of the night.
And if the cat was probably sleeping is in the same room as a baby, it will wake them up.
4. Breathing Complications
Having a cat sleeping in the same room as your baby can cause breathing-related complications.
The cat might, at some point, lie on the baby’s face and affect its normal breathing. This, in turn, can cause suffocation.
5. Trigger Asthma And Allergies
If your child is in the same room with a cat and is asthmatic or allergic to the cat, he/she will face serious health hazards. Especially during the nights when it is sleeping.
Still, there are different myths about cats sleeping in the same room as children.
Myths About Cats And Babies Sleeping In The Same Room
1. Sucking Air Out Of Lungs
This belief states that cats, when near babies, will suck the air out of their lungs. It is a superstitious tale that convinces many of cats being evil and killing babies as they sleep.
2. Harming Babies During Sleep
Cats may suffocate infants, but not on purpose. As most cats are playful and comfort seekers, they might sit or lie on the baby’s face hence suffocating them.
3. Cats Are Not Good Sleeping Around Babies
When familiarized together, cats and babies will get along pretty well. This is because they both tend to be playful and adventurous.
However, at times, most cats will be jealous of babies. This typically happens when the owner excludes the cat.
4. Cats Heal Sick Children As They Sleep
Japanese have believed that keeping a cat around will cure a sick baby. This is just another myth:
- Cats can make children’s sickness worse, especially if they are asthmatic or allergic.
- Cats may infect children, as explained above.
On A Positive Note, Cats May Help Babies To Sleep:
- Calming – Most babies like attention, even during sleep. It’s been proven that almost 90% of babies sleep better when they are being touched or lie close to something they can touch.
- Cats are furry and soft. So, when lying/sleeping next to the baby, the baby is likely to sleep more peacefully.
- Creates a bond – To avoid instances of bites and scratches, let a kitten sleep close or around the baby to develop a stronger relationship as it grows older.
- Helps in faster and longer sleep – When sleeping close to a cat, the baby will feel its comfort and most likely sleep longer or faster.
- Many moms will place their babies next to cats to make them sleep longer and faster.
How To Introduce Your Cat To Sleep With A Baby In The Same Room
For a cat to sleep with the baby on the same bed, it should be already comfortable around the baby when it is awake.
How To Make Sure That Your Baby Sleeps Well With The Baby
Before putting the cat to sleep in the baby’s room, you need to prepare in advance.
How Is This Done?
- Bring the cat with you whenever you take the baby to sleep
- Allow the cat to sit close to you and the baby to make it comfortable around the baby
- Let the baby and the cat play together. This increases the bond between them
2. Allow the cat to familiarize with the room on its own
For the cat to sleep comfortably in the same room as the baby, it needs to be accustomed to the area.
Let the cat walk in and survey the room on its own to get comfortable.
3. Make sure the cat is used to the baby’s cry
A cat will be agitated with the baby’s cries if it is not used to it.
Taping the baby lightly and presenting it to the cat as it cries is one solution.
4. Familiarize the cat with the baby smell
Cats are subtle to scents and sounds. Therefore, you need to introduce new scents to the cat in advance.
Making sure the cat is close by while changing the baby’s diapers is one way to familiarize the cat with new smells.
Also, wearing the baby’s powder or oil on your hand as you pet the cat, helps familiarize the cat with different smells. Using the baby’s blanket on the cat is another way of making it accustomed to different scents.
5. Allow the cat to choose its sleeping position
During the first few days of sleeping together in the same room, allow the cat to choose its sleeping place. This will enable it to be comfortable with the nursery.
6. Reward the cat for good behavior
For the cat to know if it’s doing the correct thing, you can use treats, rewards and show acclaims towards it.
These six steps will make the cat follow your routine and reduce instances of late-night inconveniences that might keep the baby awake.
Tips On Cats Sleeping In The Same Room As Baby.
- It is essential to monitor both the cat and the baby as they sleep in the same room.
- Cats should be kept clean at all times.
- Doctors advise NOT TO put your cat in the same crib as your infant.
- In order to avoid contact, it is advisable to use nets.
- Let your cat and baby bond naturally.
- Never exclude the cat.
With all this information in place, it is now a parent’s decision to allow or forbid a cat to sleep in the same room as the baby.
As a parent and cat owner, would you allow your cat to sleep in the same room as your baby?
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
Her family, her entire universe revolves around her two cats, who give her endless support and inspiration to move ahead with her objectives in life. Amanda is a live example of a balanced approach to all parenthood questions we all face in life.