Babies & Cats

The Centers for Disease Control says it is not necessary to get rid of your cat if you’re expecting a baby. Despite this, we receive many inquiries from parents-to-be who feel pressure to do just this caused by fear or misinformation. The health of a new baby is paramount. But, you can keep your baby safe and your family intact.

The most common concern is toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite that can be shed in cat feces. While toxoplasmosis is not something to ignore, there are precautions that can be taken to keep pregnant woman and their babies safe. Pregnant woman will often assign the job of litter box cleaning to another household member to avoid risk of infection. After a new child comes home, common-sense hygiene and supervising your baby’s interactions with your kitty is important.

Another common concern for new parents is that their child will have or develop allergies. Contrary to popular opinion, exposure to cats at a young age can help a child develop resistance to allergens and asthma.

Far from being a health risk, your cat can have life-long benefits for your child. Pets can encourage learning, provide companionship, and reduce risk of minor illnesses.

And, one of the most effective ways for your child to learn the importance of gentleness and responsibility is by helping care for a pet. Researchers at Kansas State University and the Manhattan Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies found that youngsters who have a bond with a dog or cat show more maturity in their cognitive, moral and emotional development than children without a pet.

We all hope to raise responsible, caring young people who will change the world for the better. Rather than giving up your faithful feline, let her be part of helping your baby grow into a loving, compassionate and healthy person.


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