Friday, May 3, 2013

Kitties + Pregnancy

Oh, just some of my favorite Catstagrams

Before I was pregnant, our kitty Ulia was my snuggle buddy. Most nights, she would curl up next to me in bed and purr herself to sleep. Cutest thing ever. Once I found out I was pregnant, though, I distanced myself from her quite a bit out of fear of contracting toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection occasionally found in kitty litter that can cause severe birth defects. Scary stuff, right?

My doctor said the chances of contracting the disease from Ulia are low, especially since she's a house cat, but that hasn't stopped me from being extremely paranoid cautious about it. That has meant no more kitty snuggles, kisses, or squishes. So sad!

I've been trying to give her a little extra attention in these few final weeks before baby arrives. After all, she is our first baby, and I'm not sure how she'll react to having an actual baby around (cat moms, any tips?) So among all the baby posts that have been popping up on GH lately, I thought I would dedicate this one to her.

I love that squishable belly, those little white paws, and her raccoon tail.


Laura said...

Hi, don't worry about Ulia...our cat loves our baby girl. She always rushes when she hear the baby cry and she's always around her and when the baby tries to catch her tail she resists the temptation to scratch her...and our cat isn't very pampers. Ulia probably would love to sleep with you baby.
Hi I'm Laura...I stumbled by chance in your blog and last year I had my baby and my cat is very similar to your. Best wishes for your baby! I'm Italian

Katherine Ross said...

Thanks for the comforting words Laura! :) From what I hear from you and from others, it sounds like I don't need to worry too much about kitties and babies getting along. Thank goodness... that means one less thing for me to think about!