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How to sleep with a cat?


Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:28 pm
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Hi all,

I have a kitten...7 months old now...she wants to sleep with me but I am scared to let her because of her claws and my pouch. 😬

How do y'all protect your pouches while sleeping? 😴

Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:33 pm

Hello

  I have three cats which two of them sleep with me.  I have never had a problem with them clawing at my bag.  Sometimes they will jump on my stomach but I just make sure they don't go near my stoma.   If I was you I wouldn't sweat it and just enjoy your kitty while they are young.  The time goes by too fast!  

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Fri Dec 03, 2021 9:55 pm

Maybe you could use a small pillor or a doubled towel over yor stoma.

Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:14 am

Hello sunflower111. 

Before retirement, my wife and I used to work in our pet grooming salon and there was a constant danger for me with dogs or cats paws damaging the stoma. At the time I acquired a 'stoma-guard' from 'somewhere' but I cannot now recall where.

It was a simple plastic device that covered the stoma and had a drainage shape at the base to let any waste escape.  It reminded me of a smaller version of a 'cricket box' which protects mens privates from the potential harm of a cricket ball.

Anyway, it did the job and gave me peace of mind whilst in that vulnerable position. 

I feel sure the someone on here will know wqhere you could get such a device. 

Best wishes

Bill 

Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:15 am

I have four cats and one sleeps in our bed every night, sometimes two.  I've never had a problem.


Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:35 am


Bill wrote:

Hello sunflower111. 

Before retirement, my wife and I used to work in our pet grooming salon and there was a constant danger for me with dogs or cats paws damaging the stoma. At the time I acquir...

Thanks. I will google it. :)

Sat Dec 04, 2021 2:04 pm

My cat sleeps with me every night. I make sure to have something a little thick over it, that the claws can't pierce.


Sat Dec 04, 2021 8:36 pm

I adopted my cat shortly after I got my ostomy, he was 8 months old when I got him and now he is 12 years old!
He sleeps between my knees or next to my head.
I just move him if he is in an uncomfortable spot. He has been on and around my pouch at various times and never stayed, and he has never punctured it (accidentally or otherwise).

Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:13 pm

I have 4 cats and only one likes to cuddle and when he does, it's more like spooning. So I don't worry. I have cat beds on my bed for the others.  If you are wearing underwear and pajamas, I think it would be rare for your kittens claws to puncture your pouch. You can always put a nice cat bed right next to you and train your kitty to sleep in there.

Sun Dec 05, 2021 3:25 am

My cat sleeps with me every night and it's never been a problem. He did poke a small hole in it once by accident while playing on my blanket but I noticed the smell escaping before there was any "damage" to my clothes or sheets. I wouldn't worry about it! The joy of having sleeping kitty cuddles is very therapeutic. 

Sun Dec 05, 2021 5:41 pm

When I had my urostomy surgery a little under five years ago, both of my cats were very careful with the bag.  My current cat is also very careful -- they are smarter than we think!

Tue Dec 07, 2021 7:29 pm

Hi, Sunflower!

I adopted my boy about 5 years prior to my surgery, and before it, he loved to cuddle with me, lying on my abdomen.  Since the surgery I still hold & cuddle with him, let him jump up on me when I'm relaxing on the couch, but I'm still protective of my appliance and guide him around, away from it.  I have him lay on my chest, now, or just off to the side, and he's fine with the adjustment.  He DID accidently poke a hole in it once.

I rarely let him sleep under my sheet & blankets with me, and they're so thick that it's not an issue when he's on top of them.  I do, however, try to keep him from walking on top of my stoma & appliance - NOT comfortable!

I love cats too much NOT to have them in my life, and they don't know what they're doing... Sometimes.  LOL

Lily17~


Wed Jan 26, 2022 1:47 pm

I sleep with dogs and cats and somewhere in there is a husband. I have a lumbar pillow, not too awful thick, that sits on my pouch every night, with my hand on the pillow (under the sheets and blankets).  It helps that I sleep like the dead, but I have been woken up a few times by a critter wanting to be on that very spot. So I redirect that one. I think they have all figured it out!  I think any kind of unusual lump on a new place on you wouldn't be an attraction to an animal accustomed to sleeping with you. And keep kitty's nails trim!  If you are truly concerned, you can get caps to put on its nails. Sounds tougher than it is, I've used them a few times on foster cats. 

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