Post # 1
Hello there, bees! My husband and I have two pet kitties and are pregnant with our first baby. We’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the cats might react once the baby is born and I was wondering if any of you Moms out there might share your stories about how your own pets responded. Also, any advice on how to introduce everyone would be great as well! 🙂
Post # 3
I have 3 dogs:
Josie – VERY EXCITED! Wanted to jump all over him and lick him non-stop. Took a few weeks for her to calm down around him.
Stormy – Gental and seems to like the baby, though a bit jealous (he’s always been very much a “mama’s boy”, he doesn’t like most people besides me). I thought he would be the worst around baby, since he has some socialization issues and tends to bark/nip; but he’s great with the baby!
Rufus – Doesn’t seem to realize the baby is a person. Doesn’t really care or react to the baby, but will walk over him and step on him like he’s not even there!
We introduced them very slowly. 1 dog at a time, and for short periods of time and slowly increased the time they could be around the baby. (Before we brought baby home, DH had brought home DS’s hat from the hospital for them to sniff, but they didn’t seem to care about it when he did that.)
Post # 4
i’m interested in this as well.. we have two cats who aren’t shy and love to crawl all over people. they pretty much sleep on our faces at night so i’m curious to see how they react towards a baby. you can’t really train cats (at least not ours) so i’m not sure how to handle it.
Post # 5
@abbyful: Thanks so much for sharing! It’s interesting how differently all of your dogs acted towards the baby. Our cats have very different personalities too (one is very “chill” and the other is a lot more rambunctious) so it will be interesting to see how each of them responds differently. I like your idea about slowly introducing them too.
@meggyo: We have one cat in particular too who loves to crawl all over everyone. It’s nice if you’re a grown person but I’m not sure how a newborn would like it if our thirteen pound cat decided to crawl on her. 😛
Post # 6
I’m curious about this as well. We also have two cats and DH thinks they’re going to “get depressed” when LO arrives. They haven’t been around kids a lot so I’m pretty sure they’re going to freak out and hide at first, but I really hope they can adjust. My cats are part of the family and I love them to pieces so I really don’t want them to be miserable or under any stress because of baby.
Though I absolutely hate the idea of rehoming them, I know my parents would take good care of them in the event that they really can’t adjust to a baby in the house. Really hoping it doesn’t come to that!
Post # 7
@iheartnerds: My cat is 13, almost 14. She hadn’t been around babies before, and when we brought Lexi home, I thought she’d hide.
She doesn’t hide, but she 90% of the time pretends the baby isn’t there. She does what she’s always done, if she wants to sit on me, she will. If she wants to jump on the windowsill when the baby is in the pack and play, she WILL. Basically, she’s making it damn clear, that she was here first. She has never hissed, bit, swatted at the baby, even though Lexi is starting to really try to pull her tail. She just gets up and walks away.
Quil (my german shepherd) is kind of oblivious. I’m nervous about him, just because he doesn’t LOOK. He will sit and let Lexi pet his face if i ask him to, but left to his own devices, he lays in his bed, or in someone’s room.
He did get very jealous though, he doesn’t take it out on the baby, but he has started following me to the bathroom and putting his chin on my knee when I pee.
That can go away anytime, and I’d be AOK.
Post # 8
@Quietserenity: Lol to your dog following you into the bathroom. My dog does that already, and LO isn’t here yet! I wonder what I have to look forward to?!?!
Post # 9
i have acat & a dog & they both kind of pretend littlebebe doesnt exist. i think elvis (cat) hid for awhile and he definitely peed once on the bottom of the bassinet, but thats it. Molly (dog) just ignores him.
Post # 10
Thanks for the answers so far, everyone! It’s interesting how a lot of your animals seem to mostly just ignore the baby. That’s probably not a bad thing though! 🙂