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July 20th, 2013, 03:18 PM
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What is everyone doing to prepare their furry friends for baby's arrival?

I've tried playing clips of babies laughing and crying but it doesn't seem to phase my cats one way or the other. We've also started kicking them out of the bedroom at night this week. Baby will sleep in our room for a while so no kitties allowed while we're sleeping. I read to kick them out early so they don't associate that with the baby. I also plan on lining the crib & PNP with tinfoil once they're set up.

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July 20th, 2013, 05:37 PM
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I didn't do much to prepare my cat hubby just brings home something that smells like baby
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July 20th, 2013, 05:46 PM
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I think the only thing DH did last time was to bring home one of Sawyer's blankets. Our animals all did really really well. The dogs didn't like Sawyer as a newborn laying on or near them, but now he climbs all over them and pulls their tails and they could care less! I also have an evil cat who I was very pleasantly surprised to see tolerated Sawyer well.
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July 20th, 2013, 06:44 PM
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Our cats & dog are outside animals, so we don't have to do a lot to prepare them. The horses (also outside pets!! ) seem to cope pretty well as long as you don't stick a squalling infant under their nose
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July 20th, 2013, 08:18 PM
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In the past the cats stay away from baby from day one due to crying
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July 21st, 2013, 07:17 AM
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When DH comes home from the hospital for an hour or so to shower and feed the cats, he'll bring baby's blanket or something that smells like the new guy and leave it for the cats to smell. I think my younger cat will care less, and be happy to have another friend in the house, but the older one will feel a little jealous, because he always follows us around and is by our side. I hope he embraces the new member and doesn't get upset by the lack of attention for a while.
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July 21st, 2013, 09:06 AM
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SO will also bring something that smells of the baby while we're still in the hospital. I'm thinking of playing some crying baby sounds too, but I'm not sure that'll faze my girl much. My concern is she's a talker and were trying to work on her talkative barking habits, particularly when she's stressed about someone leaving. She has separation anxiety that's gotten a bit worse since her brother died, and she definitely lets me know. It doesn't bother me personally, but obviously I want the barking toned down once there's a sleeping baby.

Other than that, it's really up to us to make sure that after the baby is home, we still give her time and attention so she's not resentful. She's been my lil girl for almost 12 years, I don't want her associating the baby with a loss of that status. Especially while she's still mourning her brother.
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July 21st, 2013, 09:09 AM
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Leah- Sawyer slept through any barking as an infant. I think he got used to it in the womb!! Now, as a 2 year old is when it wakes him up.
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I have never done anything before, and we have never had any problems in the past.
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nada, our dogs don't seem to care about little babies.... as long as they have food, someone to take them out and other kids to give them attention they are good to go. They didn't even seem to notice sophie when she was little.
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