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19 Feb 2004

Sick and tired of negative response to cats
Hi. I am sick and tired of people having negative attitudes towards my cats. I have 7 well-groomed, sterilized, healthy cats and I am 6 months pregnant. My fiance and I adore our pets (which includes 2 dogs too) and yet we are constantly told that cats are dirty and should not be around babies, cats maul babies, cats try to kill babies, and also that cats are full of diseases and we would be bad parents to keep our cats. I have even been told to have them all put down as it would be "kinder". Now, my cats are aged from 2 years to 7 years old. They were all homeless at some stage, except 1, and we took them in. We stopped at 7 because we can comfortably afford to feed them expensive food and pay vet bills when necessary. They are flea-free, tick-free, all tagged and worm-free. They are confined at night for safety reasons (as are my dogs) and they are probably cleaner than some people I know. I will never get rid of them - they are family - but why are people doing this to me? I have not even had this baby and I am already accused of being a bad mother. Please give me FACTS on cats so I can fight back, because I am sick of seething in silence when these uneducated fools start on their mission to save my baby. Bearing in mind that I am educated and I know cats very well, and, of course, I would never leave ANY animal alone with a small baby. I am also aware of the disease toxoplasmosis and I know unwashed fruit/vegetables as well as raw meat can carry the same disease. I use gloves when cleaning litter boxes. These same people that have so much to say about the cats are quite happy to smoke in my face, by the way.
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi C
I hear this is not about cats. Having babies does this to other people and it's only just starting, I'm afraid - all the advice! I suggest you relax and ignore all the advice and do what you think's best for your baby. Say yes to everything you hear and then do your own thing. Having pets is good for chidren for many reasons. Your cats are part of your family and are no more risky than dogs or dust or soil. Other people want to feel like they care and thus try to protect your baby for you, so tell them (in a nice way) to push off because you are the mother and you are doing what you know best. Remind them that they were once first time mothers/fathers and how irritating it was for them. As you say, passive smoking is much worse for your baby than cats are! You need to relax and enjoy your pregnancy......
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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