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Fur Babies and premature babies. Do they go together?

I appear to be known in my friendship circle as the crazy cat 🐈 lady. I hold this title proud and Love all animals big and small. I did have 4 gorgeous Cats however, this weekend saw the unexpected death of one of my fur babies. I rescued him and his litter brother when they were 6 weeks old and loved them very much. All my kitty cats are rescues. Sadly, Paddy passed away from a suspected stroke and joined max his litter brother at the rainbow bridge. I was devastated and even tried mouth to mouth but to no avail. Now, some people may wonder why the death of ‘Just a cat’ could cause so much upset and heartbreak when there are so many different bad things happening in the world at this very moment. Or even when I have been there beside Lewis and Logan when they have been very near death, why would the death of an animal upset me so much. Well I shall tell you.

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Paddy & Max

Even as a child I loved our furry friends. My mother always told me to never trust anyone who didn’t like animals as it spoke a lot to their character. As I grew up I adjusted this slightly as there are many people who do not like animals but would never wish them harm. So as long as you couldn’t hurt an innocent animal then I could trust you.

My fur babies have always been seen as and treated as members of our family. We tried for 10 years to have children and through every failed attempt of IUI, IVF or every month when that pregnancy test said negative I had my fur babies to comfort me. They could always tell if I was sad. Paddy would come and give me a head bop settle on my lap and purr away even if his fur was damp with my tears he would never leave my side. When we were lucky enough to become pregnant, Paddy seemed to instinctively know and would cuddle in on my tum. The first Time I felt the boys kick it was were Paddy was lying on top of me and he obviously felt something too as he looked at me like ‘what the hell was that? ‘

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The amount of people who expected me to re-home my cats when I was pregnant astonished me and I soon discovered many people have a fear of pets especially cats with young infants. When the boys arrived 15 weeks early then even more people approached me and said ‘so who will take the Cats for you when the boys come home?’ The look of disgust I would get is unexplainable.

Preemies are at higher risk of having respiratory issues such as chronic lung disease or asthma. Both of which my boys have. The negative comments I received after explaining I has no intention of re-homing any of my pets included, you will give the boys a higher chance of allergies, do you want your children to have asthma? I had already done some research into this area and found that by having a pet in the home I was likely to reduce the boys risk of developing a pet allergy as they will have been exposed to the proteins that are found in the pets dander and saliva at an early age and will build an immunity to it. Figures show that out of the 60% of families with premature children that have pets only 6% of the children become allergic to their pets.

Paddy chilling with his ‘baldy’ brothers

Asthma has caused more debate however, recent figures also show that pet ownership does not increase the risk of adults or children becoming asthmatic. Also, asthmatics can have pets. They just follow some simple rules in order to ensure pets are not the cause of any asthmatic flare ups. This we already knew as my husband developed asthma as a child. There are plenty of things to try before re-homing a beloved pet because of asthma such as hoovering often, cleaning hardwood floors, keep pets out of bedrooms, change bed linen frequently, keep pet Well groomed and not allowing the children to change the litter trays. To me this is all common sense and should be done anyway even if you do not have a pet.

It is well documented that Cats can also bring a health benefit to the adults in the home.

• Cats are low maintenance and petting a cat can have a calming effect of adults. This helps ease stress, lessen anxieties and reduce blood pressure.

• Studies show that cat guardians are less likely to suffer from a stroke compared to guardians of other pets.

• The therapeutic benefits extend to both adults and children. In adults, the calming experience of petting a cat releases a hormone called oxytocin which is known for inducing feelings of love and trust. A cat does not judge so allows for a person to speak freely or grieve. Almost like a free therapy session. In children, studies have shown that Cats can help children with autism be less anxious, and calmer.

• Adults also get a boost of their immune system.

• Cat guardians have a 30-40% less chance of having heart disease or a heart attack compared to their non cat guardian companions.

Paddy purring and cuddling into his mummy after I had broken my humerus. I was crying and in a lot of pain and he never left my side.

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l of this in mind, yes I will grieve for the loss of a big part of my family. Paddy taught my boys what the words nice and gentle meant. They would clap him – with supervision of course, and I would repeat the words over and over whilst moving their hands. Now when they come across any furry creature and wish to pet them all I say are those 2 words. Nice and gentle and the boys will make an awww sound and pet gently. My boys can’t speak and don’t understand simple language such as yes, no or stay, yet they know and understand how to be kind to an animal. It was Paddy who taught them that.

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Jess my Aunts German Shepherd looking over the boys whilst they have a bath. She and the boys have a wonderful relationship stemming from what Paddy has taught them.

So in reply to my original question. Do fur babies and premature babies go together? Yes of course they do. Just use common sense, never leave any pet alone with your children and keep your home as clean as you can. All things people already do. Before you rush out and adopt a pet make sure that you have the commitment there that if you become pregnant you will find a way to make it work and keep everyone safe. It is a very doable task. With so many pets in shelters awaiting their furrever home I would always recommend adopting and not shopping. My cats have not only taught my boys social skills but have helped boost their immunity as well as encourage them developmentally. I loved growing up with my furry family and I hope my boys will grow up with the same love and kindness in their hearts.

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I hope you are running free over the rainbow bridge playing and cuddling with your brother Max.

I love you Paddy cat. Thank you for being such a kind and wonderful fur baby. I will miss you always. Big kisses and cuddles. Mum. Xx

Fast weekend

Just lying in bed with babies sleeping -eventually and hubs snoring away.  Been a tough few days as boys haven’t been well.  Any preemie mum will tell you the fear they experience as soon as their child sneezes but I can confirm the fear is real.

Any new mother is frightened their precious bundle will become unwell but for a preemie mum this is magnified a thousand times

When babies are intubated (the breathing tube down their throat) for any length of time it can cause long term damage to their wee lungs resulting in chronic lung disease or CLD for short.  This alone can make them very easy targets for the dreaded germs to come in and take hold.  A simple cold can turn into a life or death situations for our little ones.  Both of my boys came home on oxygen and have severe CLD. As per hospital protocol they had monthly RSV injections which is the main winter bug culprit for putting prem babies and as far as I can tell from my friends with full term babies into hospital. It can lead to the baby being intubated and unfortunately it can lead to the baby dying   This is why you will find us prem mums freaking if a stranger touches our babies hands when out and about, it is also the reason we go into panic mode when our kids have the sniffles. – as a mum of twins. When we go out it does draw a lot of attention as people want to see the cute babies but I’m  ashamed to admit that even though I have never stopped someone touching the boys hands or faces, I have wiped their hands and face as soon as the stranger leaves in case anything was passed over

 

This week has been one such week for me   The boys started with sniffles then came the constant coughing    I try to avoid the GP if at all necessary as it is usually viral and managed best at home.  In saying that even when the infection isn’t coming from their chest it still sounds like it   As their airways are still so small any collection of yucky stuff almost gargles In their throat So I have to be careful   I’ve found motherhood to be full of constant juggling acts and this is one of them   I took both boys on Friday and GP was very good and thoughly checked my boys over. However, on Friday night those coughs became worse and started sounding like a dog or seal barking.   Amazing at 33 year old my first instinct was to phone my mum.   I’m a nurse for goodness sake   I should know this.   Mum was quick to reassure me that I’m an adult not a child nurse plus it’s always different when it’s your own.  So the thinking was it could be croup

So this weekend was a wash out.  Poor hubs didn’t get to have a break from work as he was constantly busy with boys. Using the bogie sucker on their noses, giving them steamy baths and applying snuffle babe to ease congestion.  Again it’s was a constant struggle of “OK should we go to out of hours now?” In case you are wondering why I wasn’t doing my bit it is because I have a fractured humorus and well to be frank I’m useless and can’t look after myself.

So the weekend is over in a flash and the feeling of nothing constructive being done haunts me.

 

As as long as my boys are ok that’s all that matters.  So here is to a better healthier week.

Love and happiness

scottish twin  preemie mamma

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