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    Default How to cat-proof a cot or bassinet

    Hi everyone,
    I wasn't sure which section of the forum to post this in so if this is the wrong place please let me know! I searched but can't find any relevant threads.
    I wonder whether anyone has any advice on preventing our cat from jumping into the baby's bassinet and cot?
    The baby hasn't been born yet but we want to have a plan to prevent this from happening.
    Our cat is lovely and very friendly. He loves to cuddle and sit on people's laps and he is big and fluffy, so I am worried he will sit on the baby for warmth and a cuddle and squash or suffocate him. The cat currently sleeps on our bed.
    When the baby is born, it will sleep in a bassinet in our bedroom. I'm worried the cat will jump into the bassinet while we're asleep, cuddle up to the baby, and might suffocate him. We can't lock the cat out of the bedroom because that's where his cat-flap is and he goes in and out during the night.
    When baby is older, it will sleep in a cot in the nursery. The nursery has a sliding door but it doesn't close 100% - it closes against a window, with a wide window ledge, so the cat just walks on the window ledge into the room even when the door is closed. We've had a carpenter in and they said it is impossible to get the door to close completely and stop the cat getting through. Again I'm worried that in the middle of the night when we're asleep the cat will jump into the cot and suffocate the baby by cuddling him for warmth.
    I have been googling this and can't find any solutions. The only thing mentioned is using a 'crib tent' but these were apparently recalled for safety reasons a few years ago.
    Does anyone have any advice? Thank you!
    I should mention that we absolutely love our cat and do not want to give him away (which is what my mother has told me to do)!

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    start making sure the cat dosnt sleep in your bedroom anymore. can you also get a new door instead of a sliding door?

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    Default Re: How to cat-proof a cot or bassinet

    Put an open container of water in the bassinet big enough that the cat has no room to lay next to or around it
    Same thing for the cot.but use a few containers.
    Our cat hatred the bassinet after one try but leave it in there till baby is born.
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    I know it's easier said than done, but try not to worry about it too much. Before our DS was born I had the same worries. Our cat is our first baby, very spoiled, very demanding, and very cuddly. On top of that he weighs in at 6kg! I was worried that he'd do the same thing, jump in to the cradle and cot with DS and suffocate him.

    We had the cot set up at about 25 weeks and kept the room open so the cat could get used to the changes. He jumped into the cot twice - and was punished immediately, so he realised very quickly that he was not allowed in the cot. He never showed any interest in the cradle, but it was up quite high.

    DS and our cat are the best of friends, our cat has adored him from the moment we brought DS home. My biggest problem in the early days was keeping the cat from walking over DS when I was feeding him. Our cat has never tried to jump into the cot when DS is in it.

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    Default Re: How to cat-proof a cot or bassinet

    Have you considered a mosquito net that hangs from the ceiling and surrounds either the bassinet or the cot?

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    We have a cot canopy from Babyhood and find it to be excellent. DD still has it on her cot at almost 2 yrs old. Never had any problems.

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    Don't cats have to be indoors overnight so they aren't out killing wildlife???

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    Default Re: How to cat-proof a cot or bassinet

    My mchn said a cat will rarely snuggle upto a baby (even one that sleeps near adults faces ) as newbies move alot and cats don't like it,

    My cat was naughty and jumped onto ds a few times while he was in his cot but never tried to sleep with him.

    Pit tin foil in the cot before bubs is born, cats dont like treading on it.

    Also get a video monitor so you csn easily check
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    Hi there, so you don't have to worry, would you consider setting up a new night sleeping place for your cat now? eg: laundry or another bedroom, with kitty litter. During the day, consider closing the door on the room where the baby is sleeping and lock the kitty door. You don't want to have to worry all the time if pussy can access the room where the baby is sleeping. It won't be forever, but it could lesson your worries while bub is little.

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    Default How to cat-proof a cot or bassinet

    Our cat is well trained. He knows he is not allowed in the bedrooms or up the hall. He is so well trained that regardless of doors open etc, he won't go in.

    He also won't go outside even with all doors open, lol. He is a bit whimpy. Although he's a big 9kg boy.

    My point is, if you are okay with it. Maybe make the bedrooms a no go zone for your cat.

    That's the safest way to make sure nothing happens.

    If your cat has to sleep in your room, then the nets are a good idea for the cot and basinette. Also the other suggestions of foil etc.


 

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