The birth of your baby is one of the happiest hours of your life. And most probably, the whole family, as well as your dogs and other furbabies, are also sharing your happiness.
But not all pet owners have prepared their four-legged friends for the arrival of a new family member. Not to mention this newbie will definitely become the center of attention and the favorite in the coming years.
Having said that, there are situations when dogs and cats do not take a baby’s arrival as joyous as their human buddies. This is especially the case in families consisting of only a couple and their lovely pets.
If you put yourself in the dog or the cat’s shoe, maybe you’ll understand how sad it is if your family suddenly diverted their interest on things other than you. Moreover, it could also be annoying sometimes if you are so willing to spend quality time but your friend, sister, or brother cannot join you.
When this is the case, some pets develop jealousy. It is a natural feeling. Remember, animals also have emotions like we do.
However, it is NOT common for dogs and cats to despise babies. Yes, they don’t like the new family addition that much. But it doesn’t mean they hate the little bundle of joy.
What’s usual are evident differences in the pet’s behavior upon the entry of a new family member. They oftentimes cannot pick up the changes immediately. Naturally, they wouldn’t react the same way you expect them to do.
When I gave birth to my first born, I found this struggle to be real. Ten years ago, we had a family Shih-Tzu that would always play with us every time we come home. Everything was then shaken when my son came in the picture.
Our shih-tzu we called Chinee had always barked like she was crying all day long. She kept on staring at me and following me whenever I do mommy chores. It didn’t take a while for me to realize that my doggie was wanting more of my attention because of my newborn.
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