Our expert says:
Take your cat to the vet - she may have an bowel obstruction due to swallowing the hair that needs attention.
Cats do carry certain germs like toxoplasmosis, but if you keep baby away from litter box and wash your hands well after handling litter box, the risk should be minimal. I have had cats all my life and love mine to bits, so I would not advise you to get rid of your cat but rather to make some adjustments. You may experience certain problems like the cat spraying in the baby's room ( they obviously feel that you love the baby more than them!) and it is dangerous if the cat gets into the cot as they can inadvertently scratch, bite, or possibly smother the baby. Before your baby is born, it's a good idea to discourage the the cat to go in certain rooms. Choose a specific room where you'll be able to play with the cat and have quality time away from your baby. You can also get the cat a climbing centre with a nice secure box at the top, so your cat will be able to jump up out of the way and hide if necessary if baby starts crawling. Vomiting hairballs should not be a major risk, unless baby starts to crawl and starts to put everything in her/his mouth! Ensure that the cat is properly immunized and flea free at all times.
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