Incubator and the cat - question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pbjmaker, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Do you think the cat sleeping on top of the incubator will block the airflow from the vents enough to cause a problem? Last summer I had the incubator in the basement and she would be caught sleeping on it, so I had a perfect place upstairs on this built in desk my hubby made for me in the new kitchen. I thought - she doesn't get on the kitchen counters so I am good to go. Nope - first night I had it up here, found her sleeping on it. I still got hatches last year but not like I would have liked. I don't have a room I can shut it in as an option and the basement is actually quite cold this time of year so I don't really want it down there.

    I know it's cold out and she sleeps on it because it's warm but I don't want to kill off the eggs [​IMG]
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I don't think it's wise to have a cat on a incubator. The air-flow may get blocked, and what about the things cats carry around? [​IMG]
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    My incubator has the vents on the bottom. Are you sure your vents are up top and none on the underside?

    I would try keep the cat off, you never know what could happen. Can you put it in a cupboard or something like that?
     
  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:What do you mean by the things cats carry around? Disease? She is currently an indoor cat and disease free. She doesn't carry toys around either if that is what you meant.
     
  5. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:If I want it plugged in and upstairs then this is where it must go. Hmmm maybe barbed wire?

    I guess there are vent holes on the bottom - forgot about those. I was looking at the ones where the red plugs are supposed to go.
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Perhaps a heating pad and a little basket for the cat [​IMG]
     
  7. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    My cat loves laying on the incubator as well....(we have a cabinet incubator) but even when we'd use the hovabator..she'd lay on it....I never had a problem...but she is somewhat small...just keep an eye on the temps and humidity also....see if your cat is affecting any of those readings....
     
  8. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    The dogs already hog the heater vents. I have three cats and she is the only one that insists on sleeping on it. Maybe she likes the humming of the fan motor...

    I mover her when I catch her - maybe I will lock the cat up at night.
     
  9. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:This cat is small too. But when it is nice out and she goes outside - she is a fierce huntress. Right now she has resigned herself to hunting the puppy and our ankles from under the basement stairs. We call her the little stair troll.

    The temp hasn't fluctuated much and the humidity - well it is very cold and dry here so it is constantly down.
     
  10. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    Quote:What do you mean by the things cats carry around? Disease? She is currently an indoor cat and disease free. She doesn't carry toys around either if that is what you meant.

    All cats carry germs around that young birds can be very susceptible to. I know from my parrot keeping that it's important to keep them away...mature birds are less susceptible but it's one reason that even if you have really tame pets that get along well, you don't let them mix...bacteria that is not harmful to the cat or anyone else can be harmful to birds.
     

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