Are you worried about how your family pet will coexist with your little one? It’ll all be OK if you baby-proof your pet right away!
Here are a couple of helpful tips:
- Visit the vet for a complete check-up and make sure their vaccinations are up to date. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, now is a good time to do it.
- Enroll your pet in a positive reward-based training class.
- Find a place in your home where they can be confined comfortably and get him or her into the routine of spending time their regularly before your baby is born.
- Allow your pet to have a sniff around any baby equipment you have, so they are familiar with the new objects in your home.
- Let your pet get close to your bump. You’d be surprised how sharp their animal instinct is for foreseeing the big change ahead.
After your baby is born
When your baby arrives, try to maintain your pet’s routine as much as possible and give them some special attention each day. Also, keep an eye on them for any changes to their behavior, such as:
- Biting, nipping, pawing or growling.
- Raised hair, pinned-back ears or a downward pointing tail.
- Soiling or spraying.
- Withdrawn behavior.
- Refusal to eat.
It’s understandable that your pet might get a little jealous of your new baby. After all, before the stork came he or she probably considered themselves king or queen of the castle. But with a bit of training and some understanding, all your family members (including the four-legged and furry ones) will get along just fine!