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I noticed that about a week ago, my 3 year old girl cat will not leave me alone. She is usually a pretty social cat and will follow me and hang out in whatever room I am in. However, the past week, she has been wanting to sleep on my lap nonstop. It's really cute, actually, because she was never much of a lap cat. If she's not on my lap, she's sleeping at my feet or right beside me. I think that perhaps she has figured out that I have a baby in my tummy, LOL!
I remember when I was pg the last 2 times (which was 8 and 10 years ago), my late girl cat (God rest her soul) acted really similarly - always wanting to be on my lap, up until the very end. I remember that both DDs would kick her off toward the end.
I kinda thought it was just a thing that this particular cat did, but now that my new cat is doing the same thing, I guess that maybe there is something more to it. Like she's bonding to the baby!
Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has noticed their animals acting more clingy to them? (My dog doesn't seem to have a clue, BTW. Nor does my male cat. Or maybe they just don't care, LOL...)
__________________ ~Emily, manic mama to... DD#1 November 10, 2001 DD#2 November 5, 2003 DD#3 October 31, 2011 (born @ 30 weeks due to placental abruption, due January 7, 2012)
My dogs don't notice yet. The one that sleeps with us was fine until we put up the bassinet last time. Then she wouldn't even come upstairs. She stayed away until my son moved to his room at like 8 months. I had to carry her up and force her to sleep with me since Jay was deployed. I didn't feel safe without the baby or dog in the bed lol.
I have two dogs and a cat, and the only change I've noticed is with "my" dog (rather, she picked me as her human) wanting to be super close to me all of the time. She used to sleep anywhere on the floor in our room at night, but now she's right next to my side of the bed. Makes it hard to wake up to pee without stepping on her. She also has to lie right next to my feet when I'm cooking or trying to get ready in the morning.
I've read a few studies about animals and human pregnancy, and though nothing is really proven, they suspect animals can sense changes in hormone levels. Depending on their relationship with you and their own personality in general, they can act differently-- either standoffish or clingy, maybe pee on the floor or tear things up. Pets are so interesting.
Born 12/30/11 and absolutely perfect!
When I had cats , they did the same thing. My cat would suffocate me. He HAD to be on me at all times. But after I had the baby he started peeing on me in my sleep and jumping on the baby. Had to get rid of him.
Jade Ja Kang
6lb 10 oz