New Born

 

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time, but the change can cause your cat or dog to be uneasy. Unfamiliar noises and smells plus a change in routine can all cause upset for your cat or dog.

 

Preparing to Bring a Baby Home

 

Before the baby arrives, make sure your pet’s environment is optimised:

 

  • Check cats have adequate resources and ensure that any adjustments to the home to accommodate the baby haven’t moved those resources.
  • Ensure dogs have access to a den they associate as a positive place.

 

Give your cat or dog Zylkene calming supplement in advance of the change to help them cope. This may be necessary further in advance than you might think. If you start to make changes in preparation for bringing the baby home, this change in routine could start causing your cat or dog to be uneasy before the baby arrives. Sooner rather than later is best.

 

When the Baby Arrives Home

 

  • Try and involve your cat or dog with all the new baby routines. For example when feeding the baby or changing their nappy, ensure the cat or dog is a safe distance from the baby where it is impossible for the cat or dog to reach the child; then offer the cat or dog a treat before feeding or changing the baby. This associates the baby with a positive experience.
  • When visitors come to see the new baby, ask them to acknowledge and fuss your cat or dog before the baby. Again the baby is associated with a positive experience.
  • Ensure your cat or dog has plenty of toys as a distraction so they’re not tempted to chew on your baby’s toys instead. Keep the baby toys out of sight and reach of your cat or dog.

 

If the techniques don’t seem to be working or you’re worried the problem is serious, you don’t have to solve the problem alone. Do seek professional advice from your vet or qualified behaviourist.

 

IMPORTANT – make sure your cat or dog is not able to reach the baby at any point and NEVER leave a baby unattended with a pet. Even an animal you know well can behave unpredictably.

 

Keeping Your Pet's Happy

  • Keep your cat happy
  • Checklist for keeping your cat happy
  • Let your dog feel safe
  • Tips to create the perfect doggy den