Your Cat Will Not Smother Your Baby
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 1:19 PM CST
A little girl has opened a basket to find four twelve week old Blue Persian kittens sitting inside.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A column suggesting that housecats murder babies out of jealousy has earned the Houston Chronicle a lot of, well, catcalls. It's not true, the paper now reports. “It’s funny that someone would still actually think that is true,” said a veterinarian and SPCA official. “That is a very old wives’ tale that has since been debunked.” Leaving infants unsupervised with any animal is unwise, but cats to not present a homicidal threat.

Doctors T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow passed along the misinformation last week; in this Sunday's column, they'll backtrack. "It may be best to keep cats out of babies’ cribs for the same reasons that we keep extra bedclothes and stuffed animals out of cribs," they write. Says the vet: “I’ve never heard of a cat killing a baby. Cats will usually do a quick swipe and run off.”

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Feb 5, 2009 6:42 AM CST
I had a cat when my I had my daughter. Romeo(the cat) used to jump in her crib and sleep. Until I brought my daughter home. He jumped in her crib with her ONE time, sniffed her and never got in her crib again. Apparently, she stole his crib! hehehehe
Feb 4, 2009 4:16 AM CST
Spoken like a detached medical professional that he/she is.. That is a fact and a statement, whether your choose to interpret it in a different manner, is your problem. It is what it is.
Feb 4, 2009 3:55 AM CST
Never had a cat swipe at y kids, they usually back off, they are curious about babies but do not smother or Iwould have 4 dead kids.