When was the first time a cat killed a baby?
A news story emerging in December 2000 appeared at first blush to be an instance of this sort of accident when a woman said she found her six-week-old son dead in his crib with the family cat laying on the baby’s face.
Why does a cat want to kill a baby?
Another theory advanced as to why a cat would want to harm a baby relates to the jealousy the pet will supposedly experience when the little bundle from heaven is brought into the household. No longer the center of attention, the neglected pet is allegedly capable of setting about to get rid of what it sees as the usurper.
Why do cats try to suffocate newborn babies?
The story, passed on by a pregnant woman is about cats that get jealous of newborn infants. As it was described to me, the cats, no longer afforded the attention they once got prior to the infant’s birth, will actually attempt to suffocate the infant.
Why does a cat jump into a baby’s bed?
Cats usually jump into a crib because the bed is warm, high off the ground or a novel place to sleep. It’s common sense not to leave a cat and a baby in the same room unsupervised, Schweiss said. She said the cat-smothered-baby theory was sometimes used in sudden infant death syndrome cases.
Can a baby be killed by a cat?
While a cat could accidentally suffocate a sleeping baby by cozying up too close to its face, experts agree it’s highly unlikely a cat would smother an infant on purpose. Reports of cat-caused infant deaths are scarce, so how did this tale become so common?
How old was the baby when it was killed by a dog?
Those attending found a “small infant that had sustained injuries consistent with a canine attack” at the property. Personnel from the Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue pronounced the baby dead at the scene. The infant’s age was not disclosed. Police said the infant had been sleeping in bed with its parents.
When did a baby die from a cat sucking its breath?
In the Annual Register, a publication that records the year’s interesting events, there is an entry for Jan. 25, 1791: “A child of eighteen months old was found dead near Plymouth; and it appeared, on the coroner’s inquest, that the child died in consequence of a cat sucking its breath, thereby occasioning a strangulation.”
Is it possible for a cat to suffocate a baby?
While a cat could accidentally suffocate a sleeping baby by cozying up too close to its face, experts agree it’s highly unlikely a cat would smother an infant on purpose.