So I've now gone from trying to figure out a way to keep my can entertained and was considering a second cat (which I decided against) to the point now where I'm almost to the point of getting rid of my cat! For the life of me I can't figure out how to keep him out of the cradle. I am due May 3rd to have my second daughter and I need to find a way to keep Cyprus out of the cradle. He does continue to get into other things as well, but the biggest issue now is that no matter what he keeps sleeping in the cradle. I've tried spraying a cat repellant on a towel and draping it over the cradle, even spraying it in the bedroom doorway to keep him out of there all together, and he doesn't give two sniffs about the spray. I tried putting tinfoil laid inside the cradle, he just jumps in anyway, the tinfoil doesn't phase him. I've been suggested to use a "crib tent" but they are made for regular cribs, this cradle is actually between the size of a crib and a bassinet so a crib tent wouldn't fit.
The baby is going to be in our room for the first few months and we've even had suggested to install a screen door in our room doorway but it simply wouldn't work with having a regular door on it also. We have to be able to shut the bedroom door since I already have a 4 year old daughter so of course there are times we need to shut the door...However I don't like the idea of keeping the bedroom door shut all the time when the baby is in there, the room would get stuffy and I just don't want to take the chance that it would get left open and the cat would get in there.
My biggest concern about Cyprus jumping in the cradle is not hygiene even (I think having animals around kids is a good thing), its the fact that Cyprus likes to lay near my face and if he did that to a newborn baby she wouldn't be able to breath, a newborn can't just turn her head away especially when she's asleep, not to mention if Cyprus laid on top of her he weighs about 9 or 10 lbs. My boyfriend is about to kick Cyprus outside for good between him still getting into everything (constantly knocking things down or over all night) and sleeping in the cradle.
Everytime I catch Cyprus in the cradle i rock it until he jumps out or bop him on the head with a pillow, but he doesn't care he goes back in eventually. PLEASE if you have any more suggestions help me figure out how to keep him out! I don't want to get rid of him, I don't believe in getting rid of pets, especially due to just having a baby, but I won't risk the safety of my baby either.
I've had Cyprus almost a year and a half, I'm very attached to him and he's a great cat who even lets my 4 year old play with him, not that he enjoys it, but he tolerates it. If I was to rehome him I'd be very picky about his new owner and would prefer him to go to someone I know, however I just really don't want him to go anywhere.
Some people say that once the baby is in there their cats don't get in the cradle due to the noise a baby makes, but I think Cyprus will jump in there still to cuddle up when she's sleeping. And he has a cat tower with two different levels he can sleep on so its not like he doesn't have his own place to sleep, he also will sleep on the couch or recliner, so there are plenty of comfy spots other than the cradle. What else can I do?