Contrary to a prevailing popular belief, your baby and your cat don't have to be mortal enemies the moment they meet. And while there's more than a few horrifying stories about cats and babies living together, there are just as many (if not more!) cute stories about cats and babies becoming BFFs. So, sure, there might be some truth to the old wives tales about cats and babies but, for the most part, parents should feel free to ignore them in favor of, you know, science.
According to the 2016 BBC2 documentary featuring Dr. Paul Zak, titled Cats v. Dogs,dogs actually love their humans more than cats. But, again, that doesn't mean your feline friend and squishy newborn won't live in harmony. In fact, Anthea Appel, an animal naturopath in New York City, tells Care.com that, "Contrary to popular belief, cats really like human companionship." And Dr. Jane Brunt, a feline specialist and member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, tells the same site that cats can help your child learn how to practice good social skills, including how to approach a pet and speak calmly and in a soothing voice.
Still, cats have some pretty intense and ongoing myths to contend with, especially when it comes to their relationships with babies. From supposedly "stealing a baby's breath" to hating babies entirely, here are just a few old wives' tales that are hurting the connection between felines and their tiny human friends: