My pets aren't just pets: they're family members. In fact, I can't remember a time when I didn't have a furry companion by my side. So I was very aware of how my decision to have a baby would impact my pets, and tried my best to make sure my grumpy cats and my needy newborn got along. It wasn't always easy, to be sure, but I figured out a few ways to help my pet bond with my newborn so I could enjoy a peaceful home. Well, as peaceful as a home with a newborn and territorial cats can be, that is.
The day I brought my daughter home from the hospital, my three finicky cats met us at the door's entranceway. It was clear they thought I had abandoned them, so they seemed excited to welcome us home. Then they saw the baby in the baby carrier and changed their tune almost immediately. Cats are naturally cautious but mine are also protective, so they weren't about to hand over an inch of territory without putting up a fight. They weren't all that impressed by the very loud miniature human suddenly invading their space, either, so I knew I was going to have to put in some work if my newborn and my beloved pets were going to eventually get along.
I didn't want my cats to feel abandoned, and I didn't want my baby to be harmed by curious pets who simply didn't know how to behave around a baby. As a result, I found ways to aid the bonding process between my new baby and my furry felines, including the following: