Pets and babies go together like scratching posts and teething rings. They're equally snuggly, adorable, and able to capture your attention immediately. That doesn't mean they automatically get along, though. In fact, bringing a new baby home to a family pet can be a difficult transition. What if your pet dislikes the baby or feels dismissed? What if your baby annoys your pet? It may take time, to be sure, but there are some subtle signs your pet is falling in love with your new baby that'll let you know love is in the air.
When I brought my daughter home I had four cats waiting for us. One absolutely hated everyone and everything, so ignoring the newborn blob that was my daughter was nothing personal. Two were generally indifferent, and the last one — the baby — was curious but pretty skittish. He also seemed to be very upset a small human had invaded his domain, and demanded we pet him often, lest we forget who was the "real" baby of the house.
As a new mom worried my fur babies and my human baby wouldn't get along, I relied heavily on all the studies that said having a pet would ultimately be beneficial to my child's wellbeing. But as the postpartum days crawled by, I started to doubt whether or not my cats — and particularly the youngest one — would ever learn to live with my baby in harmony. Then, before I could panic too much, I started to notice some small signs that my beloved pets were falling in love with my precious child. So if you have a reluctant pet, fear no more. Here are some subtle signs they're actually falling head over heels: