I am planning another natural birth for this 3rd, and although I won't be having a homebirth, I will still be labouring at home for as long as possible before going in (assuming this isn't another fast 1 hour labor like the last one).
My question is regarding our EXTREMELY clingy, cuddley cat. We've had him a little over a year- got him when he was a kitten for my sons and my DH (I am not an animal person). But for some reason, he is completely obsessed with me. He ONLY wants to cuddle with me, only wants my attention, waits outside the bathroom door for me, waits outside our bedroom door for me and does nothing all day except follow me around this house.
It has gotten me thinking what to do with him when I'm in labor here in a few weeks. Do animals automatically stay away from loud groaning noises (sounds I'll probably be making with my contractions) out of fear? This is the first time we've had a pet in the house while I've been pregnant so I am wondering what to do with him...
Here's what I *don't* want: A cat trying to rub against me and cuddle while I'm laboring. If this was a homebirth, I'd be ok just putting all his food, water and kitty litter in one locked room for a few hours, but since we'll be going over night to the hospital, it seems sort of cruel to do that if he'd be stuck in there for over a day.
So, what has been your experience with animals and being in labor?
Oh, wanted to mention he's an indoor cat who's hardly been outside so putting him outside isn't an option, not to mention it's 30 degrees out.
Thanks in advance! I hope I get some responses here