One of the things that concerned me even before we found out we were pregnant, was the way our cats Bruce and Eddie would deal with the introduction of a baby to the family. Our two boys really are part of the family, we love them, they have their own personalities and, despite what some people say, they are extremely affection and caring creatures. If I’m from work home ill, Eddie will always bring me food, to cheer me up. This will of course be in the form of a mouse, bird or in extreme circumstances a seagull wing, all at varying degrees of life but he means well. Bruce is cuddly in the morning, demanding we get up and play with him. Eddie is more of a mummy's boy. We used to let them sleep in our room occasionally but we stopped it since I became pregnant, Eddie likes to sleep around my head with one paw on my collar bone, so cute but in this weather just too hot!
Anyway, I need to get to the point.... I did a lot of research into the best ways to prepare your pets for a new human arrival, I’ve focused the below on cats, but many points relate to dogs as well. I’ve collected my findings from other blogs, articles, friends, family and my hairdresser. personally, we're going to give them all a try.
Before the new arrival:
The arrival and after:
These are just my recommendations and findings from others, but it all makes sense to me and will be implementing them all if it means our family have a happy integration.
I'll write an update after Pickle's arrival, hopefully it will be a lovely transition to a full family. x
Update - April 2019
I’m pleased to report that Bruce and Eddie welcomed baby Alfie into the family. They were a little timid particularly when Alfie moves but are fantastic big brothers. Alfie gets kisses, in the form of head buts and now the boys let him stroke them. I feel that all the things we implemented before Alfie’s arrival definitely helped. We have continued to use the plug in diffuser and will do for a little longer, especially as next door have some building work soon. The boys have cosy spots around the house where Alfie doesn’t go and we’ve stuck to their food and awake times to keep consistency. Every night when we do Alfie’s bedtime routine (nappy, massage, pjs) Eddie comes to help, he sits on the dresser next to Alfie’s changing table, it’s so lovely.
Once Alfie is in bed we turn our attention and affection to Bruce and Eddie, Bruce is usually upstairs in the dressing room asleep but Eddie comes downstairs for a cuddle on the sofa. I’m so pleased we were active in making Alfie’s arrival as smooth as possible for the cats.
I'm a happily married 30 something who has a fondness for planning and organising, an appreciation for spreadsheets, a love of all things wedding, a passion for DIY and am totally smitten with our two cats Bruce and Eddie.