Help! I need good advice on my cat. She's ten years old and an absolute darling. Very affectionate and yet very independent. She is mostly an indoors cat and has, up till now, had access to every room in the house. Problem now is that we're expecting our first baby in a month's time and I really don't want her near the baby - all that fur and who knows what germs she has. I've kept her out of the baby's room for the past four months (much to her disgust) but when the baby arrives I don't want to have to keep the door shut all the time.. . as I'll need to be able to hear when she wakes (not to mention letting air into the room). I'm quite afraid the cat will jump into the cot with bub when she's sleeping and perhaps smother her.
My husband and I can't seem to find a solution... we don't want to force her outside because I would hate for her to run away or start killing wildlife, getting into cat fights, etc.
We've thought about those gates you get to prevent toddlers going into rooms/down stairs, etc, but she would easily jump over them. She's also quite a skinny cat, so she could probably walk straight through the bars!
Anyone got any other ideas? Please?