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How to Introduce Your Pet to Your New Baby

While many of us want our pets and children to instantly fall in love, that’s not often realistic. Relationships take time to build, and we want to help ensure that the one between your pet and your baby gets off on the right foot! First things first, though! It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – any contact between baby and pet must always be supervised.

  • ears laid back or straight forward
  • cowering or very tense
  • shaking or unusual panting/pacing
  • growling or showing his/her teeth
  • Sneezing and yawning aren’t typically aggressive signs, but can express anxiety or concern. Observe these signs with caution and be ready to remove your pet if signs progress.
  • Cats

    • ears back
    • vocalizing
    • hiding
    • urinating or defecating outside litter box.

    Cats will do best if you can give them a safe place to escape from the baby (but still provide access to the rest of the house) like a bedroom or the basement. Food and water, toys, a litterbox and a bed should be provided for your cat in this area.

    If you ever notice your pet displaying warning signs or acting otherwise unusually, consider reaching out to a pet behaviorist or trainer right away. The sooner you notice issues, the easier it will be to correct behavior issues before a problem develops.

    By Stephanie Brozo, CVT

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