Preparing your pet for the baby's arrival
Written on July 25, 2005 by Kevin.
We have 3 cats and while they are each very tame, we wanted to make sure they were going to be fully alright with the new addition. Over the past 6 months we have purchased items such as a bouncer, crib, playard and recently we purchased diapers. These large items we have been simply teaching them to stay out of. We have allowed the cats to smell the diapers so they can get adjusted to the new smells that will be in the house. Another suggestion they provided us but we have not had the ability to do, was to play the noise of a screaming baby. Like the smells, pets can be very touchy when it comes to new sounds. They may become nervous or irritated. The following links should provide some great tips to preparing your pets. Does anyone have any good or bad experiences with a newborn and pets?
Link: Human Society - Preparing Your Pet For Baby’s Arrival
Link: American Baby - Preparing your pet for baby's arrival
My sister is a veterinarian who currently has one dog, one cat and two toddlers. (She also has chickens, but they live outside.) When the kids were born, she had two dogs and a different cat than they have now (she was very old). The animals took really well to both kids and welcomed them into the family. She has a blog of her family and vet activities and is happy to answer questions. Visit: vetmommy.blogspot.com
Written by Emily on Jul 25, 2005