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I'm scheduled to have a C-section in 17 days!!! I'm not nervous or worried, more excited and ready to meet my little girl at this point. The only thing that I'm really concerned about right now is introducing the baby to the pets. I have two cats and a dog. The dog is very protective, so I think she will be ok, and my younger cat is pretty laid back. But my older cat tried to reject the other two animals when they came home. It took six months to have her in the same room as the dog without attacking. I'm not sure how she's going to react to baby, but my family has been warned...if she can't accept the baby, we will have to find a new home for her. I hate to let it get to that point. Any suggestions on how to make the introduction of the baby to the pets go smoothly?
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When baby and I was still in hospital my husband brought home a blanket she used from the hospital for our dog to smell the scent of baby first before baby came home
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When we brought our little girl home, I allowed the dogs to come to me first. I spent 5 minutes just letting them hug and jump on me. Then one at a time we brought each one out to come up and smell her. I didn't force them. I let them come on there own. The dogs were skittish for a few days but I still let them come to her. Our daughter is 3 weeks old today. Patience is the best method. My animals are my babies, so I won't get rid of any of them. You just have to find what works best for you and baby girl.
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Thanks. I'm just worried about my old cat. She's very stubborn, territorial and can be mean. She's come at me in the last couple of months when I wouldn't let her lay on me...its not exactly comfortable at this point.
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