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April 1st, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Any BTDT advise and or just comments on pets and labour? I have two cats - I kinda think one will hide the whole time and the other will want to be with me the whole time. The one I think will hang out sleeps on me when I'm sick - and will follow me to the bathroom while I puke. LOL. She also stayed really close when I had a miscarriage.
Anyway - just curious!

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April 2nd, 2010, 06:16 AM
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I had 4 pets during my home birth and my cats did their own thing. I have 3 of them, we had one dog at the time. He's an *******. I hate to say it haha, hes a good dog to us but he's a shih-tzu and is moody with new people. So when my mom took my oldest to her house, she took him with her so he'd stop barking.
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April 2nd, 2010, 08:44 AM
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We have 2 dogs. They are going outside when labor starts, and they can come back in when it's time to go to bed. My mom is staying the night with us so I'm going to have my mom sleep in bed with me, with our DS and new baby. DH will be sleeping on the couch with the dogs. For the first few days we are going to keep the dogs outside a lot and away from me and baby. Then when I'm up to it, we're going to introduce dogs to baby.
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April 3rd, 2010, 05:50 PM
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We have a cat....a very clingy cat....and we've decided (though will depend on the situation at the time) that we will probably board him when I go into labour. It only costs $15 per night and means we don't have to worry about him getting in the way/looking after him etc etc.


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April 4th, 2010, 02:43 PM
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We have a dog and a cat. Our dog has a difficult time calming down when we have company, so when labor starts and people start coming over, my inlaws will take him. Our cat disappears when we have company, so I'm not worried about her. This is what we did last time and it worked out well.

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April 4th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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My cats didn't really seem to notice but my dog wanted to be in the same room. She was annoying me so we moved her to the closet so she could see me but not touch me and that worked out well.
Alison - Mom to: Emmeline (7/14), Augustus (2) Maximus (4) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (13) Christopher (14)

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April 4th, 2010, 11:19 PM
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I haven't given birth yet, but I am having a homebirth specifically so my two weiner dogs can be present. The way I figure it, it's the only way they're going to figure out where the tail-less, bald weiner dog came from!

They get excited when company first comes over, but they calm down after about 10 minutes.

Saw a youtube video of a lady giving birth in a tub a few months ago, and at one point, her dog just walked by, surveyed her progress, wagged his tail and moved on. I realized then that THAT was what I wanted. I realized then I had the right to have my dogs out and about, like life was going on as normal, so that's when I decided I would not be birthing in a hospital, where they don't let dogs in, and often don't let your own children in either.

If the birthing pool were bigger, I'd get doxie life jackets and let them float around to greet their new brother
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April 5th, 2010, 12:33 AM
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LOL - I love that voodoo lady. ye - I'm pretty sure the cats will know when I go into labour - and I think they'd be pretty worried if I left - they didn't like me going out when I was first pregnant - they'd wait at the door - looking worried
Well - it will be interesting to see what happens . . . I promise to share!

Thank you Kiliki for my first beautiful Siggie!

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April 5th, 2010, 03:23 AM
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VooDoo Lady....I am now in love with you! Seriously! If I were gay, I'd go after you!

We have quite the household. We have 4 dogs (well, 5 if you count our foster girl right now, but we have an interested family, so cross fingers!) and 4 cats. They are such a huge part of our life. It's nothing to be lounging on the couch and be covered with little bodies!

Our dogs will continue to be a part of our life when the baby comes. I couldn't have it any other way. I think that as long as you make the baby a positive thing, then your pets will react in the same way. Make it 'taboo' in some way, then they get edgy and that's when things can go downhill.

One of our dogs, PoGo, will NOT leave me alone. He's been hovering over me for a couple of weeks now. He's a little dog (about 11 lbs) but he's more protective over me then our two German Shepherds!
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April 5th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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My chocolate lab actually lead me to take my pregnancy test. He is my dog but he gave me space, before I took my test I noticed he was up my butt almost following me around the house. I mentioned this to my husband and how it made me think I should take a pregnancy test. Sure enough, I was!

I don't know how Gannon (dog mentioned above) will handle the birth. But i'm due in the summer so if we get tough we can lock him upstairs. i plan on giving birth in our basement (we have a tri-level) and it has a door on it and a bathroom downstairs so I'd be set.
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April 7th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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I have worked with many mamas who have pets.. the dogs tend to like to 'care for' the laboring mama more than cats.. cats can usually care less.

There have been situations where mom has had to remove the dog from the room because the pet won't allow me or anyone else near mama, a protective, instinctual reaction to a woman's birthing time, I think.

Other times, the dog is a great sense of relaxation and distraction for mom - running her hands through his fur, hugging her, etc...

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