(Closed) Do you think pets know you are pregnant?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think they can tell.  I have two cats, and the female started acting differently pretty early on.  She’s always been a bit of a mama’s girl, but she became my little shadow, needing to be wherever I was all day.  She also stopped trying to sit on my belly, even before I was really showing at all – she used to kneed my belly and then lay on it, now she’ll only kneed my thighs and is really ginger about stepping on my belly at all.  Our male cat was pretty oblivious for awhile, but in the last month or two he’s become very needy for my attention (he’s always been a daddy’s boy – he likes me well enough, but in all honesty he’s always been my husband’s cat) – he’ll follow me around now and throw himself against my legs until I get down and rub him.  He seems like he needs reassurance, like he doesn’t know what’s happening but he can tell that something is up and something is changing.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have a male goldendoodle. He weighs about 70 lbs. We’re pretty sure he figured it out a few weeks ago. Instead of laying next to my legs to chew his toy, he has to be ON my legs. And when he turns around to snuggle, he insists on laying his head on my belly. This is new behavior so we can only contribute it to my pregnancy.

My sister’s dog followed her around like crazy during her first pregnancy. She suspected she was pregnant again when the dog started following her around again. lol Dogs can totally smell the hormone change.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Absolutely. My three dogs became much more cuddly and the most intuitive dog knew with 9ish dpo something was up as she sniffed me funny and wouldn’t leave my side. I have photos of them laying with there heads on my stomach. I also fostered a puppy while I was pregnant and he lovved laying on my belly. I think he could hear DDs heartbeat it it was comforting.

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Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think they can, no specific reason.. I just think pets are way more intuitive than people think they are!  Also, I love reading everyone’s experiences!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I think so! My sweet Persian cat (he’s always been super attached to me and has separation anxiety REAL bad when I’m gone for longer than a day) has gotten even MORE attached to me. He can’t handle not sleeping in the bed with us, on my pillow, touching me at all times of the night. He also has to sit on me when I’m sitting on the couch and gets really protective over me when my husband tries to cuddle, LOL! He doesn’t get violent, by any means, but if we move him he insists that he’s too far away from me and has to nudge his way back on my chest/stomach/lap. I’ve never seen him this needy before.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

howtobeawife:  I have a big male doodle myself. How far along were you when he started to notice? I’m only 7 weeks, and I don’t think he’s noticed anything yet… but he did take a two hour nap when I did the other day. That is unheard of. I’ve never seen the dog sleep in the near 2 years we’ve had him. He literally did not move from his bed the entire time I was sleeping. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

smoocherific:  absolutely. I’m pretty sure pets can sense all the changes in pheremones that pregnancy makes.

I went to visit one of my good friends and her dog, who normally gives me a wide berth was glued to me from the moment I walked in the door and was always wanting pets. My friend noticed how different she was acting and I said she probably senses that I’m pregnant and she remembered the same dog acted exactly the same way when she herself was pregnant.

My two cats and dog have all altered how they act towards me, as well. Subtle shifts, but I’m hoping it prepares them for when the baby comes.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m 20 weeks and I haven’t noticed any changes with my dog.  I could probably stretch certain things into being a sign that he does, but the rational side of me knows that I’d be reading too far into it.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

alove2:  at about 5 or 6 weeks he started to act differently.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

 

smoocherific:  I absolutely think they can tell. I actually used to joke with my Fiance when my male dog would be really clingy, I was like “Oh god, I’m pregnant!” I had surgery once and that dog laid next to me for a week straight (it was knee surgery so I was completely non-weight bearing and couldn’t really get out of bed.) They can also tell when I’m really stressed out. I’m not pregnant yet, but I plan on watching them when we start TTC, because I have a feeling they’ll know before I do! Congrats on your upcoming bundle and what sounds like an already lovely family!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My 14 year old has gotten really clingy lately. He follows me to the bathroom every time and sits outside the door to wait on me. He hasn’t done that since he was a little puppy.

Our other dog is my husband’s dog. He’s just recently gotten to where he’ll sit in my lap if my husband is around. My husband babies him, so he’s in for a rude awakening when the human baby comes!

I think they can tell that something is up, but I’m sure they have no idea how much their lives are about to change. (We probably don’t either…)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think you need to help her with her anxiety before the baby comes or it will be hard for her! Poor thing anxiety is so hard. Look into thundershirts (looove them, my dog has one) and adaptil! They are amazing.

ETA sorry I know that’s not what you asked but I thought it was worth mentioning. Good luck!

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