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Advice needed on introducing my new baby to pets…I’m going home tomorrow from hospital with my baby & I’m wondering how other parents found their pets reacted to their newborn. Does anyone have any advice on the transition? My cat is indoors only & apparently he has been naughty (urinating on my husbands dirty clothes etc) while I have been in hospital.

Posted by anon, 20/09/13

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  • My pups are cheeky and I was so worries! Never had any problems and my Lo is 10 months now! They are all best of friends

  • how did you go with new bubs

  • What did you end up doing? I hope it all went well!

  • Dogs OK , cats? Look at my picture attached.

  • Dogs are great with kids, they are part of the pack, cats however …you can keep them!

  • How did your pets go?

  • how did it go? :)

  • How did the pets go with the new addition?

  • We had no trouble with our dog but I think cats are very different

  • How did you go with your cat?

  • you’ll have to make sure you keep an eye on your cat, my parents had to give their cat away when my brother was born and he tried to scratch my brothers eyes out.

  • Not sure about cats – I had 2 indoor small dogs. Didn’t seem bothered with them at all – had a sniff every now and again.

  • I had a strictly indoors male cat when I bought my baby boy home from hospital, I never had any dramas with him. I would be more worried about dogs than cats.

  • I would get a piece of clothing that your baby has worn and ask your partner to take it home with them and give the item to your pet so they can get used to the smell. It’s never easy to introduce a new member of the family I hope all works out for you :)

  • Even though you are home now this is what we did – as soon as bub was born, DF took a blanket that bub had used home for our dog, then when we got home, i went out to the dog without the baby and patted him and gave him love and then my partner introduced bub to him. That way the dog didnt feel replaced. It worked for us!

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