J.P. asks from Meridian, ID on March 18, 2010
Cats...pack And play...crib Tent
I apologize for how random this question is, but here we go:
I have two 1 year old Siamese kittens. The kittens can be pretty obnoxious, especially at night. It got us thinking about when baby #2 arrives...they will probably be trying to get into the pack and play in our room. It has been suggested to shut them out of our room. This really isn't an option, as if you have ever heard a Siamese yowl, we, and our son, would be woken up. I thought of one of those crib tents, but I don't really know how they work, and don't know if they fit on pack and plays (Chicco, in the bassinet mode). I am worried that they won't notice it and jump up anyway and collapse it on the baby. Is that possible?
Plus, recently they started going into our son's room. They used to only go in there when we were in there, but now we find them in there at all times, and they have been jumping into his crib and waking him up in the mornings. We have a baby gate in his doorway, so the door can't close completely (about an inch shy), and thought that if we latched the gate, and "closed" the door, that they wouldn't like smacking their heads into the door as they jumped the gate. Apparently, we were wrong, and they were back in there this morning.
Has anyone had to deal with overly friendly cats? I really don't mind them waking him up, as he wakes up happy to see them, and I usually have to pry him out of bed. But I would really prefer it on my schedule, not 5 minutes before the alarm, and no snoozes! :)
So What Happened?™
Thank you to everyone that responded, especially those that know about Siamese, and the place that cats have in our lives. :) I know that they won't DO anything to the kids, but they are kittens, and stupid, and will wake them up, more than anything. And yes, I have always had Siamese for the attitude, and voice, I just have never had two kittens at once. They did pretty much leave my son alone, even with him sitting on them and pulling their tails, until he was about 18 months old. So, I am more worried about the hair from them using the pack and play when the baby isn't in there, and the waking up.
Unfortunately, my husband really doesn't like the screen door idea, and we don't have a place to lock them up (which would actually make the situation worse, and any place that has a latching door is a place we don't normally let them. :) They are strictly indoor cats, and we have squirt bottles throughout the house, but with two, they just egg each other on, and don't seem to care like my previous cats have. This morning they didn't get into my son's room, so maybe the smack on the head was something they didn't like, or maybe it will only be an occasional thing, which I can live with. I am going to try that tent that C.P. recommended since it worked with the Chicco.
Again, thank you for all your advice and suggestions.
R.H. answers from Johnstown on March 18, 2010
I would like to know why Siamese are so obnoxious. I love mine but sometimes the yowling can really be a pain and I can't leave my bedroom door or my daughters door closed at night now because of Syd and her antics. When my daughter was born my cats wanted nothing to do with her. Maybe they won't like the new baby so much after all they smell funny and make lots of noise. There is a product called FeliWay that you can get at Petsmart.com it is supposed to help decrease stress symptoms in cats by mimicking a pheremone or something and anyway we used it in the babies room and I think it might have kept them away too or at least mellowed them out a bit.
C.P. answers from Chicago on March 18, 2010
We have two Siamese cats, a Chicco Pack and Play (used in the bassinet mode) and crib tent!
It worked great! I actually found the cats on top of the tent a few times (while baby was sleeping) but we never had any issues with the structure. They would try to sleep in it if I didn't zip up the tent when the baby was not itn.
We have the Portable Play Yard Tent by Cozy.
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S.W. answers from Salt Lake City on March 19, 2010
I saw a thing at Petsmart the other day that had a small motion-sensor on it and blasted out a shot of compressed air when the kitty triggered it by coming too close. I glanced at reviews and people said even though it was spendy (about $35) it completely trained their cats to stay out of certain rooms. I was thinking about it to keep our cat from scratching our house plant/tree. I don't think it was noisy, just surprising, like a spray bottle but without the constant vigilance from you.
V.W. answers from Salt Lake City on March 19, 2010
I loved our Siamese cat, Sam, growing up! And I'm a cats in the house supporter, so I am with you on not limiting MOST of what they are used to doing! I've got a pack'n'play, Graco, though and after thinking about it, unless your kitties are HEAVY they wouldn't be able to collapse the bassinet on the top of mine! The Graco's are secured with rods on each end that snap (pretty securely I think) into the frame of the pack'n'play. I do suggest though not letting them hang out with your newborn until he/she can move away from a cat though. Maybe train the cats BEFORE your due that landing in the bassinet is a BAD idea?
I did find my cat, partial-siamese, in my oldest daughter's crib right by her head, when she was just months old. She was breathing cat fur... I didn't think this was very cool, in fact it was probably quite warm. And my cat wasn't declawed, so there was always the threat of retaliation if she got her hair pulled just right. We started shutting the door completely.
I think cats are great. They do have their pluses and minuses, but you'll know what is best for your baby when it arrives. And what you can handle.
R.M. answers from Nashville on March 18, 2010
I was going to suggest the screen door too. We got a baby gate to keep the cats out of my sons room, and I wish I had seen that idea before we did. You get a cheap wood frame screen door and put it on the outside of the bedroom door. And when your son gets old enough he can open it himself.
For the pack and play, at Toys R Us and Babies R Us they have a mosquito net for pack and plays. It is just like a big toaster cozy with elastic on the bottom. We got it for when our playpen was in the living room and we all went to bed- I didn't want the cats sleeping in it all the time and shedding all over the place. It is NOT the same as the tent- if the cats jump onto it they will still be in it, but just on top of the net. So I don't know if I would use it unsupervised. But it did train the cats not to jump in because it looks like it is closed on top.
J.F. answers from Denver on March 19, 2010
We loved out crib tent!!! We have cats as well and while they never tried to get in our girls cribs, we put it up just in case....
At first I did use it on the pac-n-play and while it was a tad big, we just made it work. I can't remember what we did, but we just tied it up a bit different.
I suppose if my cats had really tried they could have found a way in, but they never did. Now getting the baby in and out is a pain when you are half asleep, but it is worth the piece of mind.
The tent works really well on the crib and fits nicely.... I would say go for it.
C.M. answers from St. Louis on March 18, 2010
I was going to suggest what Sarah C. did...Put them somewhere you cannot hear them. You do not need them waking up your children...or you, especially when you have #2 coming around and you'll have less sleep anyways.
Not sure about crib tents for pack and plays. I would look into the specific manufacturer of the crib tent and see if they offer one. If not, maybe put a crib in your room (or wherever the pack and play will go?).
Do you have a basement? Can they go in there? What about in the garage for the night?
Not to be mean but I would not let cats control my sleep or my children's!!!
C.S. answers from Salt Lake City on March 19, 2010
awww that's SO CUTE!
Congrats for keeping the pets and babies happy together, it makes me really mad when someone is so paranoid about their pets that they opt to lose them just because they had human kids..
You certainly don't want them scratching carpet or 'pack'n'play' netting ...
I wonder if they had a bed-spot (nest) propped up by the baby's crib where they could observe in the comfort of their own 'tree' ..
I remember our first cat sitting on the side of my bed staring at the newborn in the bassinet next to us, but he never went in...
M.M. answers from Jacksonville on March 18, 2010
A while ago someone suggested getting an inexpensive screen door. That way the kids can't get out either, if you lock it, or you could attach a latch so it can be secured.
We have a spray bottle with water we get the cats with when they get on the counters.
Also I have had cats all my life and never had them do any harm to the babies. They constantly got into the pack and play and cribs. MIne are declawed.