The addition of a baby, while thrilling, can also be an anxiety-inducing and guilt-ridden experience if you already have a fur baby. After all, our pets came first. How will they react to being pushed off the lap? Fortunately, plenty of pets make the transition easily, and for those that do struggle there's a lot we, as owners, can do in terms of prevention and preparation. Pregnancy offers you several months to get your critters ready, so start with the following things to do with your fur baby before your human baby shows up.
By the time I got married I owned a young mini-Schnauzer and two elderly cats. I'd had my kitties since just after college, and I brought my pup with me when I moved home after living in Honduras. They were a big part of my life and significant contributors to my personal welfare. When I got pregnant, I naturally worried about how they would respond — to my changing body, to my divided attention, and to the squalling creature messing with their collective mellow. I definitely made an effort to smooth the way, but they all acclimatized pretty rapidly to the new normal once baby girl made her debut.
A baby is a huge change for everyone in the family, and pets are no exception. We can help them by making sure that adjustments are made gradually before baby's arrival. It's tempting to lavish our pets with play and tender loving care when we know we soon won't have the time, but that can create greater frustration for them when faced with their new reality. Instead, to best prepare your beloved balls of fluff, try the following: