Cat In Crib

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ninerhere - June 11

So my little one has started doing rather well in her crib now. But this morning I couldn't believe it when I went in to get her. There sitting at the other end of the crib, proud as punch, was our cat. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. He was no where near her. I put her way up at the one end of the crib, it has seemed to help with the transition from the bassinet not being in the open middle. He was at the other end, but obviously I still don't want him in there at all. What can I do? People are probably saying don't be silly, just close the door. My little one is such a light sleeper though and I am afraid opening and closing the door will wake her up because I just have to check on her a thousand times everynight. I'm sure alot of people can relate to that. I've checked out those crib tents, but I feel like I would be putting her in a cage and I read the reviews about them and they don't sound good (zippers loud, can't put the side of the crib down, etc.). Does anybody have any suggestions? I suppose I'm just going to have to close her door and keep my fingers crossed everytime I open and close it.

 

Rabbits07 - June 11

Is locking the cat up at night an option? To be honest I don't think the crib tent would work anyway, because I'm sure the cat could fit through the bars.

 

Whitney - June 11

I have 2 cats & used to catch them in the crib at least once a week when my son was born & I also didn't like closing the door either because he was so little. But what I did when I would catch them in there (if my son wasn't in the crib at the time, or I would remove him quitely & put him in his play pen) was just spay them with a water bottle or bang some pots & pans together right beside them & just scare the c___p out of them. I would also yell at them & scold them, which I never do at all otherwise so it would freak them out completly. After a while they caught on ... he's 11 months now & they have not gone in to the crib since he was about 2 months old.

 

LisaB - June 11

Before ds was born cat was in the crib all the time so I put tin foil under the sheets and scared the c___p out of the kitty when she jumped up that made her pretty weary of the crib then after ds was born we found kitty in crib again and we yelled at her she never gets yelled at so that stopped her. Try the tin foil when lo is not in crib it may help.

 

Mandy1984 - June 11

I would go with whitney, I have 2 cats and they know they are not allowed in the kitchen or any of the kids rooms...From the start if they ever sneaked in we would give them a smack on the nose and now if my daughters door is open my cats would just lie outside the door, Same with the kitchen, I cannot stand ANY animals in a kitchen and now my cats know better than to chance it lol, You can get a cat net, they look like a really heavy insect net and its worth a go.. Every time your kitty trys to go into your babes room or you catch him in there smack him on the nose... Squirting water at my cats wouldn't work as we have bathed them from they were kittens so they don't mind water lol Good Luck

 

bean - June 11

Friends of ours who have cats installed a screen door - instead of a regular bedroom door - in their baby's room. They could still hear the baby and the screen was a lot quieter than a regular wooden door, and the cats couldn't get in.

 

MichelleB - June 11

Hubby and I made a screen doore. It worked great. The cats did like to claw at teh screen, but no harm done. I just took the screen door down yesterday (baby is 10 months). It was kinda sad..the end of an erra!

 

Rabbits07 - June 11

I have seen the screens that you can just attach in a doorway (not with hardware or anything)...I think Harriet Carter Catalog has them. I don't know if they have a website or not.

 

Sarahsmommy - June 12

I was mean I would throw my cat out of the crib and yell at them. It didn't take them more then 1 or 2 times to get the picture and not get in there.

 

psychology - June 12

I heard that cats go sleep towards the head of babies because it's where it's the most heat. I got a little paranoid, SO, I make sure everynight before I put my daughter to bed I put the cat in our spare bedroom for the night. And when I bring her in her room for her afternoon nap, I make sure I know where the cat is.

 

dee23 - June 14

we just use a safetly gate at the door and our fat cat cant fit through the bars. i was more worried about cat fur flying around everywhere and lo inhaling it? well i havent given birth yet so all these things worry me to bits :)

 

kellens mom - June 14

wooden screen doors are very inexpensive. $20 at the local building suppy store. we stained ours and varathaned it to look nice with our old wood trim...but in a pinch, this is totally unnecessary. we bought cupboard knobs to pull the door open and closed. the door latch is an eye hook...so it does not lock from the inside though. buy some new mouse traps and set them inside the crib (of course this is only for times when the baby is not using them!) Plus, we spray the cat with a squirt bottle when he is doing something we don't approve of. I hope you find your solution! our 15 pound cat is doing great now that the boundaries have been set at our house.

 

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