Most pregnant women hear horror stories of cats smothering babies. While this is more myth than fact, it is still advisable to discourage a cat from sleeping with an infant.
Sadly, some families do believe that once the baby arrives, the cat must go and shelter workers can verify that cats are often surrendered due to the arrival of a baby. This really is unnecessary and with a few adjustments, the new baby and cat can co-exist happily and safely.
People often recommend spraying the cat with a water pistol if you see it jump into the cot. The only problem with this is that the cat will just avoid the cot when you are around. So if you want to use ‘aversion therapy‘ the trick is to make it an act of god. That is, it happens without you being there.
Prior to the baby’s arrival: