20th

Feb

2019

HAVING A PET

If you’d be happy to own pets, this article will help you greatly. They know and understand more than you can imagine, become part of the family, and need to understand what to do when your little one arrives in this world.

THE MOMENT OF TALKING ABOUT OUR HAIRY PALS HAS COME!! I’m very excited to talk about them.  As part of our family, they’re the ones who go crazy every time we arrive home and the ones beside us at all times. Pets are our first “children” and really mean everything to us.

It turns out that your hairy one is another one you must give the news you’re expecting. I don’t know if you have one or more pets at home, or how your relationship with them is, but if the connection is just like the one I have with mine, you’ll be surprised how much they can take care, protect and nurture you during all these wonderful momma-to-be months.

First, I'll tell you a little about the bond with my furry baby. Her name is Molly, although my sister calls her Lorelei Shakira. I adopted her when she was just over a month old and we’ve been together for 5 years now. She’s used to sleeping on the bed right next to me with the A/C on. Our puppy eats her breakfast, lunch, and dinner with us. Has clothes (I hardly ever put them on her, only when it's an important date), and a bunch of bows. She’s very spoiled. Molly is one of those pets that pees when you leave her alone in the afternoon or when get home after work. Can’t hold her emotions even if you go out for 10 minutes, seems it as an eternity for her. She loves to celebrate birthdays with us, especially hers. Likes being the center of attention, and guess what? Is extremely jealous. She can’t stand my father kissing my mom or my mom hugging me. All the affection must be focused on her.

Having a puppy implies a lot of responsibility, but I guess it's something you already know. Having a human baby, well, you'll know what that means. You must tell your pet about the baby, and, please...

DON’T PUT HER ASIDE, DON’T REJECT HER, DON’T LEAVE HER ASIDE, DON’T LEAVE HER!

They’re smarter than you think! I'm pretty sure Molly knew first that I was pregnant. On those days, she was closer to me than usual, besides, she smelled my belly, so, she was the first to figure out that something was happening.

Over time, she realized that something strange was happening and that an "intruder" would come to take her place. I'm sure you've seen videos of pets that take care of their human siblings, and news of pets that bite them, attack them, reject them. We’re going to give you an example: You’re the oldest one, the only child your parents have, all their attention is on you. The toys, the candies, everything for you... but, another human smaller than you, starts to be part of the attention. They buy toys for the new one and, sometimes, not to you, and what do you feel? JEALOUSY!! More than logical, it’s normal. Let's say that in a puppy’s world this situation works equally. Now, the question is... what do you do so they don’t feel that way when your baby comes home for the first time? Here, I give you a few ideas of what to do:

  • INVOLVE your hairy baby since gestation. They know perfectly that something is happening, so tell them that someone very special is coming.
  • LET her get close to your belly and feel the baby.
  • MAKE them go to your baby's room and let your pet smell around and become familiar with everything. In my case, every time I bought something, I would say "Look, sweetie, this is for your little brother Paolo".
  • BE STRICT with your pet’s health (in the case of kittens, have someone else clean their litter box).
  • IF YOU normally take them out for a walk, let someone else do it for a few months before the baby is born so they don’t feel a sudden change in the routine. For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to do this for a while.
  • WHEN THE BABY IS BORN, send home something that the baby has used at the clinic (a blanket, a onesie, or even a diaper) and let your pet take a sniff.
  • WHEN YOU GET home and everyone meets the newest member of your family, do it CAREFULLY. Let your pet EXPLORE as letting him smell your baby by slowly approaching. Whatever you do, DON’T REMOVE IMMEDIATELY.

Remember you more than anyone knows your pet and its reactions. Take the necessary precautions for their socialization, and most importantly, don’t forbid the baby or make your furry feel displaced. Pets must be allies in the upbringing of the baby because later on, they will be their best friends for life.


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