Oh please; that comment about a cat suffocating a baby is complete bull&$#@! I thought ignorance went out with the middle ages. I wish people would not post if they were not sure about what they were talking about. What a creep.
It sounds as if all the time was spent on the baby and your first baby was ignored. I would spend quality time with it, and have the baby and the cat together with you at the same time. A cat who has been there with you before and use to all the attention and then it's taken away, is a recipe for disaster. I would introduce the cat to the baby, let him smell the baby, get comfortable with it, and all the time give complete support to the cat.
Also, don't let them in the babies room for the time being until it is comfortable in knowing that it is not being replaced, but only being added to.
It's unfortunate that people have animals, but don't read up on the issues that can affect it's actions. Cats are very predatory, so when it's area has been compromised, the first thing it will do is "mark" it's territory, by (you guessed it), urinating or spraying.
I would do this and do not give up the cat. Pets are lifelong responsibilities. I would also educate yourself on this precious gift you have (the cat I mean). Not knowing about animals before getting them is just purely irresponsible.
If I change anything or bring anything into the house that might upset the cats, I invite them to investigate and get comfortable with it. They are family and this is their home too. Plus less passive\aggressive issues in the long run.
ex cat breeder (bred for 40+ years)
· 1 decade ago