Long before I became a mom, I had three "fur babies" of the feline variety. So when I got pregnant with my first, I worried about whether or not my cats would get along with my baby, and vice versa. Luckily, like so many other things I stressed about, in the end it wasn't a big deal. Not at first, anyway. Thankfully, and eventually, my partner and I learned that it takes time before your pet considers your baby to be part of the family. And when they do, the signs were pretty unmistakable.
Now, I am not saying that your pets and new baby will get along from the beginning. You should be prepared for your baby to scare the hell out of your pet (or pets) the first time they meet. My cats were absolutely terrified of my tiny, newborn daughter, leaping 12 feet into the air and running away if she'd make the slightest sound, hiding under my bed when she was awake, and avoiding me like the plague for weeks.
Thee transition from fear to tolerance of my cats' new, loud, hairless sibling was subtle. They slinked their way into the room, cautiously sniffing and pawing at our new edition, as if we'd brought home an alien or a supernatural being. Pretty soon, though, they actually became the best of friends. My cats would sleep in the baby's crib, eat the food she dropped from her high chair, play with her toys ,and even snuggle with her during tummy time. I was so relieved for my pets and baby to not just co-exist, but learn to get along. For more signs that your pet totally considers your baby to be part of the family, read on: