From Tori Tyree. Questions? Leave a comment or send her an email at [email protected].
So you’re having a baby! Congratulations. I’m sure you’ve got everything in order from the colors of the bedroom to the style of running stroller. Just don’t forget that the pets in your family need some preparation as well.
It may come as a surprise, but one of the top reasons people turn animals over the animal shelter is that they had a baby and the animals “act differently” so they have to get rid of them.
Remember, your dog or cat was there first, and is used to being the center of attention. It’s understandable that she may experience something similar to sibling rivalry when you introduce the newest family member to the household.
You can minimize this feeling by working with her before you bring home the new baby. For example, because your new baby will demand a lot of your time and energy, gradually accustom your pet to spending a little less time with you. Drastically decreasing attention and frequently scolding, ignoring or isolating your pet after the baby comes homes will likely make your pet feel stressed and act out in ways that may surprise you.
Below the fold: What to do both before and after the baby arrives.