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Health visitors and cats

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by TeddyMum, May 9, 2017.


  1. TeddyMum

    TeddyMum Mum to Teddy and Matilda xx

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    Ok so I am reading some horror stories via google about health visitors hating cats etc...I have my first visit this Thursday and wondered if any of you had any experiences regarding them?
     
  2. Rufus15

    Rufus15 Banned

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    Some are ok, some are not so ok. They cannot insist you remove the cats and some will tell you horror stories of cats being jealous, cats smothering babies because of the milk smell, cats being violent towards babies, or litter tray fumes being toxic.

    All of that is from old wives tales which have since been disproven. The only thing to be really careful with is the poo if you're pregnant, as toxoplasmosis can be present in cats that go outdoors. There is no evidence, however, that suggests that the poo is more infected with toxoplasmosis than raw human grade meat. Take the same precautions with litter trays as you would when handling raw meat.

    I do recommend keeping your cats out of your bedroom from now on if you don't already, so they don't have too many changes to deal with when baby comes. Cats aren't attracted to milk but they do find cots and Moses baskets extremely comfy, and baby may accidentally roll into their fur. For that reason, you are best keeping cats away from baby's sleeping areas.

    Also make sure that the cats have plenty of upwards space in the form of cat trees or ceiling walkways, and lots of hidey holes where they can feel safe away from baby's crying.

    The only person who knows your cats is you, employ common sense with safety for both baby and cats and you'll be fine :)
     
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  3. SusieRainbow

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    I agree with the above. When I was a Health visitor I would always comment favourably on the cat as I had one myself. If it seemed necessary I would discuss hygiene such as bottles being left around and uncovered , not leaving cots , prams and babies unsupervised with cats , the litter changing and toxoplasmosis.
    I don't think you can generalise about HV's hating cats , I certainly didn't and neither did most of my colleagues !
     
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  4. TeddyMum

    TeddyMum Mum to Teddy and Matilda xx

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    Thanks these were just stories I read on Google.
    Well will see wat Thursday brings then. :)
     
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    The first time I met my HV Elsworth made a huge nuisance of himself getting in the way, trying to get on the baby scales etc but she didn't bat an eyelid.

    As a tiny baby the cats were always shut out if I wasn't awake just incase they cuddled up too close and suffocated him. I took him to the toilet and from room to room for the same reason. Now they are shut out at naptime and bedtime incase they (Elsworth, Elise is well behaved) wake him up.
     
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  6. Bilai

    Bilai PetForums Senior

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    I'm going to sound so stupid... but what is a health visitor?
     
  7. SusieRainbow

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    A health visitor is a nurse or midwife who has done extra training in Public Health. They are expert in child development, safeguarding vulnerable groups, immunisation programmes , prevention of disease and some specialice with certain groups.
    There work is mainly conducted in clients homes , hence the title , but nowadays are referred to more as Public Health Nurses I believe. They are notified of all births in their area and then take responsibility for monitoring the welfare of the child and family until school age.
     
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  8. Bilai

    Bilai PetForums Senior

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    Ohhh that makes perfect sense. Thank you! (and also thank you for not laughing at me lol)
     
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    Tobacat PetForums Senior

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    We're going back 15 years, but I know I never received a comment or any advice from my HV about having a baby and cats. My female cat was very close to me and often sat next to me while I was feeding my baby, and I can't imagine she wasn't in the room during one of the HV visits.
     
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    If you've never needed one you'd have no reason to know the role.:)
     
  11. popcornsmum

    popcornsmum Popcorn relaxing!

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    I've had 4 HV so far (we moved) and only one commented that Popcorn gave her a dirty look and she husked at her! :D None have ever commented on us having a cat!!!
     
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    With my three I had no comment from my HV either...

    Saying that, my cat tended to avoid the kids when they were very young and only started the interact with them when they were older.

    I didn't need to make sure she stayed away as she really treated the kids the same way she treats new cats in our home, without the hissing.
     
  13. bluecordelia

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    I was a HV up to February. Don't worry about cats. We have to give the best evidence based info but it is upto parents to interprete and make work for them. 1st visit will be to discuss safe sleep, your ideas on feeding and get an idea of how you are in case you feel low at any time,

    As with any animal esp dogs just supervise and don't leave unattended. Most cats keep away from squeakers.

    You should see your Hv again between day 10 and 14. We always ask how you are feeling.

    If you need anything just shout xx
     
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