Post # 1
I’m no where near even TTC but I was thinking about this on the weekend.
For those of you with cats or dogs, how did they react to the baby when you brought him/her home? Were they hesitant? Scared? Jealous?
I grew up with a mean cat who hated strangers. She would hiss, swipe, growl, etc. When my parents got her it took her months before she trusted them. She was a total baby around people she trusted though. When I was born, she didn’t react to me at all. There are videos of me as a toddler chasing her around the house for cuddles.
I have two very different cats now. They are friendly and cuddly. I have one cat who will meow for cuddles literally every hour of the day. And it’s my fault that I give in to it… but I’m wondering if she’d be jealous of a baby.
What were your experiences?
Post # 3
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I have a very attached dog that I’m very nervous about come July…
Post # 4
I’ll be experiencing this come August with an English Mastiff who will be 16 months old. She’s sweet and gentle as can be but definitely needs attention from us.
I’ve been researching a lot, and there are several ways to prepare a pet for a baby’s arrival, but at the end of the day it’s dependent upon the pet’s individual personality.
I’m also interested in experienced parents’ experiences on here!
Post # 5
I’m interested to know too. We have a super cute big white german sherphard. I picture him being very excited and waggin his tail like crazy trying to get to the baby. He’s so big and boisterous I hope he can do it carefully.
Post # 6
I am actually very excited to bring our newborn home to our Boxer who will be almost 5 by then. She loves babies and childeren and even though shes the baby in our house now I dont think she will be jealous. I think she will be very protective though.
Post # 7
@MrsGatito: We reguarly baby sit (first time when the baby was around 5 months) and have 2 dogs (boy 6yrs, girl 17mnths) at first they were both apprehensive, but now the boy isn’t bothered AT ALL and my girl is interested but stays out the way. But never were they jealous
Post # 8
My aunts have had pretty smooth transition.
Aunt #1 has two cats – the older one has the best temper out of anyone/anything I’ve ever met, so he’s pretty gentle with the kids even they’re not being so sweet to him. The younger cat did not like the kids at all, especially with how noisy & boisterous they were, so she kind of hid from them all day until they went to bed. Now that they’re older and calmer, she’s been more willing to come out when they’re around and interact.
Aunt #2 has two pugs – they are quite hyper but gentle with the kids. My aunts would leave all of them on the floor together and the dogs would try to lick the kids when they were about the same size, which I thought was sweet but gross. But they always got along just fine and weren’t jealous or anything.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
My corgi loves her little sister. From the moment we walked in with her, Starbuck has been her best friend. Starbuck is almost 5 years old and has always liked kids. We were concerned, though, that she wouldn’t like it if the baby never left. Starbuck sleeps next to the baby, gives her kisses, and is so excited when the baby comes home from a trip out. It’s a beautiful relationship.
We also have two ferrets who sniff her and lay around her. They like her.
I’d post pictures, but I’m on my iPad without pictures.
Post # 10
I was nervous at first, but we introduced the baby exactly the same way we introduced new dogs.
When we got home from the hospital, we brought each of our three dogs out into the front yard individually. (They poop & play in the back yard, so the front yard is ‘neutral territory’ to them). We let the dogs sniff and get pets & loves from me since I’d been away for a few days.
After each introduction, DH put the dog in the back yard so we went into the house through the front door with all three dogs outside.
Then the dogs came inside once the baby was already in the house.
Also, DH had come home a few times himself and brought a receiving blanket along for them to sniff, but he said they were extremely uninterested in it.
DD is now crawling and all that, and so far the dogs pretty much leave her alone. They come give a sniff now and then, and she does try to chase the fluffy one around the living room (but the dog is obviously much faster than she is so she just gets up and walks away haha).
Post # 11
@DaneLady: Could they tell when you were pregnant? I have heard dogs pick up on that and understand the baby is part of the family and not just some random little person entering their home.
Post # 12
@MrsPanda99: enh, I’m not sure. The great danes aren’t exactly known for their intelligence! They are already so clingy that I didn’t notice much of a difference in their behavior. I have also heard that animals will have significant behavior changes once someone is pregnant, but for us that wasn’t the case. Also, I wonder if it makes a difference if they are an only pet or one of several pets? Like, if you and your DH have one dog and have always only had one dog, then I suppose that dog is used to getting your undivided attention. For us, we have had three dogs for several years so they are already used to sharing the spotlight. I don’t know if that’s relevant, or if we just have kind of dim dogs haha!
Post # 13
We have a pit/miniature greyhound mix (see my avatar), and we were a little nervous about this too. We had family come take her when I went into labor, so she was gone while we were at the hospital and for our first night home. It was really convenient, but unfortunately meant we couldn’t bring home a baby blanket or anything for her to get used to the smell.
When they brought her back, she ran around like a demon for a few minutes (typical), and then calmed down, and then noticed the baby and freaked out again. We let her sniff and get a few kisses in, then made her sit and back off a little. Honestly, she’s gotten very used to him very quickly, no longer freaks out when he cries (that only lasted a day or two), and is much less aggressive with her affection than she was initially. Now if we’re holding DS on the couch, she’ll come up and lay down next to you, and then place her head next to him. We’ve made a real effort to still show her affection and not let her feel ignored.
She’s now very attentive and protective of him, can’t wait to see their relationship evolve as he grows up!
Post # 14
I have 2 dogs, one of which is getting old and set in his ways. He never liked kids or babies, even when he was younger. He was like my baby for the past 10 years though so I would’ve been devestated if I had to give him up (he would’ve gone to my mom though but still). It actually turned out fine. I didn’t do a special introduction or anything either. We brought the baby home and slowly let the dogs come near her. both dogs were definitely curious and sniffed her a lot but then for the most part they just ignored her. Now that my LO is 5 months, they pay more attention to her (since she’s on the floor a lot and is more involved with toys and things) and I usually have to push them away because they’re always trying to lick her. It doesn’t surprise me about my younger dog, because she has that sweet personality but I am still shocked to this day that my older dog loves the baby. Everyone keeps saying that he could probably sense I was pregnant (although I never noticed him acting differently during that time) and that he knows she’s an extension of me. Maybe but either way, I’m happy he never was an issue.
ETA: Both my dogs are little. Under 15lbs. So while I was worried, they are easily controllable. The older one is a terrior though so he can be a brat. The younger one is only 2 so while she’s a sweetheart, she’s still has a puppy mentality sometimes so we have to watch that she doesn’t come running full speed and jump on someone’s lap who is holding the baby.
Post # 15
My dog was obessed with me when I was pregnant. If I was sitting her head/paws were on my belly. We would joke with her that I was carrying “her” babies and what a good Mama Dog she was. She def knew something was up! I think at first transition can be hard for some dogs, but generally they get used to the new family member.
Post # 16
Our dog was very interested and sweet when we brought our baby home. The cat hid for 2 weeks and then was fine, but disinterested after that.