DH and I are at odds over this and I need some help. We have 2 indoor cats, they were DH's before we met. I'm the first to admit I'm not a fan. The litter box smells and the smell travels throughout the house, the cats track litter all throughout the house, they were never trained to stay off the furniture, kitchen counters, etc, we can't leave a glass of water unattended b/c they will drink out of it, we are obsessively closing the bedroom and bathroom doors to keep them out of these spaces. These issues have always existed and they are a recurring cause of stress for me and arguments with DH.

Now, with a new baby on the way, my feelings (and sense of smell) are heightened about the cats and I really want them to go to DH's parents house for the first year of baby's life. I just feel like we are going to have our hands full and life with an infant can be HARD! I don't want to be waking at 12, 2, 4, 6am to get up for feeds and be stepping on litter in the middle of the night, I don't want to be worried about closing doors all while I'm in my zombie state. I don't want to be up nursing in the middle of the night and worry that the cat is going to jump up on me and baby. I don't want to find litter in the crib or cat hair in baby's mouth. Plus we will need space for stroller and other storage, which could be the current 'cat room'.

Anyways, DH is strongly against this and thinks we can all coexist, I DO NOT. He thinks the cats will be a burden to his parents, but they have said they'll take them. I'm looking for help in convincing DH that they need to go. I want us to be able to focus our energies on the new little bundle of joy and to mitigate some of the stress of having a newborn.