Only the black ones (cats that is).
Can a cat take away a baby's breath?
no but if it does sit on the baby's face. the cat just smells milk on their breath!
Reply:No, they can't (EVEN the black ones. :| Color doesn't mean anything).
They can only "take a baby's breath" away if they suffocate the baby by accident, particularly if the cat hops into the crib and tries to cuddle with the sleeping baby, which is simply something nice warm and soft to them.
Reply:if it sits on the baby's face, then YES
Reply:No, this an old myth that should have been done away with in the dark ages.
Reply:Absolutely a superstitious, stupid, moronic suggestion. How would that be possible. A little logic would demonstrate much better thinking than those who perpetuate that kind of stupidity.
Reply:Nope. Sounds like superstition to me. The idea that cats suck baby's breath probably came from cats sniffing babies who's just drank milk... and as we know, cats love milk.
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Reply:I can not believe that I read this in a book about babies. It is not true, Do you know how many times I woke up with a cat staring into my face, then they touch their nose to mine. I think that is cute. No a cat will not suffocate your baby.
I don't think it is smart to let a cat into a crib unless there is an adult watching , because a cat can freak out on anything moving like a babies legs. Good luck with the baby and the kitty.
Reply:NO they don't. Their mouths aren't meant for suction.
What can happen is the cat can lay against the baby and accidentally block the nose and mouth and if the baby isn't strong enough to pull away or push at the cat, then there can be a big problem.
However most cats don't want to be too close to baby hands, they pull fur and don't feel good.
Reply:In the past, cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) was not known as such. (In developed countries, infant mortality was much higher than today.) The presence of a cat in or near the crib is not evidence of suffocation - it is circumstantial. In tragic cases of Sudden Infant Death, we want to blame someone or something. A cat is a convenient scapegoat. There may have been no post mortem, but the tale of the "killer" cat gets passed down through the generations and is accepted as fact despite a lack of real evidence.
There are far more documented stories where cats have saved babies or their owners, but people forget about those.
Reply:Thats an old wives tale. A cat will get in the babys face because it smells the formula. The cat will also lick the baby in the mouth-yuck. I had to get rid of a cat for that reason. My cat would try to knock the bottle from my baby. My cat became aggressive with my baby.
Reply:That is a wives tale, and it stems from cats wanting to sleep in warm places. What is warmer than a crib or bassinette? With a sleeping, helpless, weak baby? The breathing of the baby is warm and the cat can cuddle with the baby, only the baby can't turn or get away from the cat... so what do cats do when they are relaxed and happy? they cuddle closer. If you have a cat at home, or know a very friendly cat you will know when you lay on your back, cats like to sleep on your chest and near your face. Because its warm.
So at some time, some where, a cat did this, and the baby couldnt get away from the cat and either the cat laid on the baby stiffling the breathing or the baby chokes on the cats fur because the cat is too close. So not the cat doesnt really take away the breath but they can be dangerous to a sleeping baby only cause they want to cuddle to much for comfort.
Reply:Although it is not common there have been reports of a cat 'taking away' a baby's breath. This has nothing to do with the cat magically or in any way supernaturally stealing the breath from a baby. It has to do with a cat laying on a baby's chest, like it would do an adult human, to sleep or lick the baby's mouth. The cat is attracted by the scent of milk or formula on the baby's face and lays on them. The cat is heavy and essentially squeezes the baby's lungs, preventing the baby from taking a full breath.
These incidents are rare and do not occur often.
That is an old wives tale.
And yes, not even black cats can do that.
The only things that take babies breath away is disease of some kind or a human (not a cat) killing them.
It's not cats we have to worry about--it's people.