Your pet and your new baby
Have you considered how your pet feels about your new baby?
Zylkene Advertorial Mum Plus.indd 1 18/12/2018 11:46
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 be a challenging experience for your pet. Fear not, you can help them adjust to the new changes in many different ways.
Before the baby arrives, make sure your pet’s environment is optimised. Check cats have adequate resources and ensure dogs have access to a den they associate as a positive place. Give your cat or dog Zylkene 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 pet to be uneasy even before the baby arrives. Visit www.zylkenepet.co.uk for more information. Zylkene is easy to give; available as a capsule or tasty chew! When the baby arrives home, try and involve your pet with all the new baby routines. When feeding the baby or changing their nappy, ensure the cat or dog is a safe distance away and offer them a reward 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 pet 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 pet. 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.