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April 6th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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How do you introduce the baby to pets in the household..I have two very attached cats....and my mom has a very big dog....so I'm curious about ideas you used or plan on using to introduce your baby to the furry family members....

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April 10th, 2006, 03:31 AM
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We have 2 kitties who we bottle fed since birth (their moma abandoned them) so they are really attatched to us. The best thing is to leave a couple of items of babys that you dont mind perhaps not using (like an extra little hat or blanket) with his scent on it. it may take a little time for kitties to adjust, then again it may not. I'm hoping all goes smooth as well. our kitties are REALLY clingy and affectionate to DH and DD and I. I'm hoping that this whole transition is smooth. good luck to you too!!!

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April 12th, 2006, 01:59 AM
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I don't know how things will go in July when we bring baby home but for now I've started training my cat to stay off of the couch and our bed. I never had a problem with it before but now I'm paranoid he'll jump up onto the little one or something! And for a 7 year old cat he's breaking the habit remarkably well. I just set his cat bed on the floor next to our coffee table and put him in it every time he jumps up on the couch. Now he goes straight there unless Dh and I are both on the couch snuggling and he wants some attention!

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April 12th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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I have a furry baby. She's almost 9 years old, so it's been tough to try and train her. I've gotten her off my stomach - she used to lay there all the time. she sleeps in the bed with us, but I have gotten her to move to the bottom of the bed to give me more room. Hehe.

I've caught my cat in my bassinet several times. I put some books in there and random shaped things - so it wouldn't be comfy for her anymore. I've taken out the stuff and she no longer jumps in the bassinet.

I've heard that dogs become very protective of babies - sleeping under the crib and such. Not too sure what will happen with my cat. She will probably meow all day and night because I have no time for her anymore!!

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April 12th, 2006, 02:12 PM
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My dog is a 15 lb Jack Russell / Pomeranian mix and is spoiled rotten...of course I had absolutely noting to do with that We're worried about the same thing. He gets jealous when DH and I try to snuggle. He'll wiggle his way into the middle of us and then lay there perfectly content to be getting all the love... He's always done well with children, but they've never really taken attention away from him either...

Someone told me to have DH bring a baby blanket home from the hospital before the baby and I come home to give the dog time to adjust to the smell.

DH and I have decided that we need to make a conscious effort to not give Buca (my doggie) any less attention than he gets now. I know that maybe easier said than done since I'm a first time mamma...but hopefully it'll work. I can't imagine having to get rid of him...he's like a child to me as well...Hopefully he'll become just as attached and protective of the baby as he is with DH and I.
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