Kids and pets can actually live together in the same household peacefully. A lot of people wrongfully think that after they have kids their pets would be better off in the local shelter or with another family that has no kids. Their fears are based on the assumption that the dog or the cat will not get along with the kids and it will bite or scratch the little one. This is not always the case and if you take the time to introduce your pets to your children properly, your kids and pets can live in harmony.
One of the biggest concerns that the new parents have related to the pets in the home is how they will react to the baby. The “crazy tales” like the ones telling about cats sucking the breath out of babies simply are not true. Actually a lot of cats and dogs gladly accept a new child into the house and become fiercely loyal and protective over the baby.
After you bring your baby home from the hospital, you should introduce your pet to your new baby. Of course, these introductions need supervision. You should let your cat or dog sniff your child for a while in order to make acquaintance. Make the introduction pleasant for your cat or dog. In most cases, your cat or dog will not give your baby a second thought. Allow your pet to adjust to the new situation on his or her own terms. When a baby comes to the house, it is an adjustment for everybody.
Another important thing that you need to consider doing after you bring a baby into the home is to make sure that your dog or cat is properly groomed. And here you should include trimming your dog or cat nails because your pet may want to put a paw on your baby. If his or hers nails are long and sharp, your pet may accidentally scratch your infant without any intent. Even if you can never remove entirely the pet hair from your house, if your dog or cat has it’s claws clipped and hair brushed it will certainly help your home stay a little cleaner. A lot of new parents also worry about allergies. Actually, many studies have shown that children who are exposed to pets from a very young age, actually have less pet allergies than children who are not exposed to pets.
You should also make sure that your pets do not have access to your baby’s room during nap time or at night without supervision. While your pet probably means no harm to your child, pets are naturally curious and a cat for example may jump into your infant crib, or a large dog could easily knock the cradle down. You should always supervise your pet when it is around your new baby at all times. Most of all, you should try to make sure that you are still spending quality time with your pet when possible. This especially is related to dogs, which are used to playing in the backyard and going for walks. Your pets should not feel abandoned or totally ignored because of the new inhabitant of the house.
When your child begins to grow, you will need to teach your child proper pet etiquette. If your dog or cat has learned to respect your child, then your child also needs to learn to respect the furry friends. Teach your child from a young age that they should never pull a cat or dog’s tail or ears. Your child can learn proper pet etiquette even at a very young age. You will also want to teach your child to respect your pet’s personal space. This includes making sure that your child understands that he or she should never wake a sleeping pet. This could cause your pet to become startled and could result in biting or scratching.
Besides that, you will want to make sure that your child understands to keep out of your pet’s food, water and litter box. Your child will be naturally curious, so it is always best to give your pet some private space away from your child.
There are a lot of things that you can do in order to have your children and pets coexist peacefully. Both of them need to learn how to respect each other from the very beginning. There is no reason to get rid of your dog or cat just because you have a child in the home.