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    Thanks Christy - I love cats so much - but think that a dog might be better at this stage...have heard horrible stories about cats sitting on babies and getting terribly jealous, so dogs are the go I think!



    Also, what are your thoughts on getting only 1 puppy - DH thinks that 2 is MUCH better (and I tend to agree) but the work of 2 puppies when I am trying to work fulltime etc, I think would be a lot...any thoughts?

    Megan

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    LOL... I've got two dogs, a cat and a bird....so I might not be one to ask about having too "many" animals... we'd have more but DH has put his foot down... oh we do have the occasional orphans we raise for wildlife.... possoms & such...

    but we got the puppy last year so that when Matilda came we would have a mate for our dog who was used to being our "baby". She still sleeps in our bed, but she is happy outside for longer periods now that she has a mate to play with and she doesn't need as much exercise when she plays with the puppy... I find it impossible to walk both dogs & the pram, but I can do one dog...so thats the other thought...when you want to start walking post birth, one dog is possible but two is a bit hard...

    BUT...if you get a puppy now and get it used to being on its own outside etc and get it used to things like off lead parks, it should be fine! Dogs adapt... at first its hard for them because the family becomes their new "pack" and they learn how to fit into their new family (once they are told how to ) I just have some advice is before you get your pup, check out the book "Before" by Ian Dunbar, it can help you decide what to do and how to do it! Which is always helpful because that way your new furbaby can come into the family easier!!

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    Thank you again Christy - that sounds perfect - I will pass your words of wisdom onto DH tonight!

    I would love an animal farm and have visions of dogs, cats and chooks in the back yard! I can't believe how lenient the council in Paddington is as my neighbours have chooks! When we lived in Sydney - there were no chooks allowed! DH is looking forward to building the chook pen as we have just bought a house in Red Hill which is a lovely part of the world... I will keep you posted with the 'Brand Harris Family' discussions!!

    Thanks again - you have been a wealth of information!

    Megan

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    Hi all,

    Megan thought I would add my 2 cents worth. We have 2 dogs who are litter mates and I have always been so glad that we got both of them together. We have found that whilst they love human company if they are on their own they entertain each other. It is really cute to watch them play tiggy, hide and seek etc. (they are 4 year old border collies) When I compare them to the same breed raised on their own they were a lot less trouble as pups as they had each other when they got bored and were not so destructive etc.

    On a different note. We set up our cot the other night and had just finished when one of our cats wandered in jumped straight up into in and currled up to go to sleep. I know I should have roused on him but it was so funny - and well timmed I couldn't help but laugh. The upside is neither cat has done it since.

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    Thanks for the info Scarlett - I had totally forgotten that I had made this post! I love the fact that your cats jumped in the cot! I just love cats and can't wait to get one...DH wants me to wait until the baby is born, but I am secretly hoping that a cat in the neighbourhood will have kittens and that I will get to keep one......

    I miss having pets in the house...

    Megan

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    I agree with a previous poster about having two dogs. I had one dog growing up as a child and now have two. They are each other's best mates and certainly relieve the pressure on husband and myself to entertain them - they entertain each other.

    Especially with a new bubba in the house, you may naturally not have as much time for the animals. At least they will have each other.

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    I am really slack & didn't read all 4 pages of posts on here but just thought I would jump in blind with what I feel is some important information for pet owners bring home a new bub.

    Like Christy I am also a vet nurse. First I introduce my house hold.
    When I fell pregnant with Evan we were living in Nth QLD & we had Missy, a mini foxy, she was about 6 and as spastic as they get! and Kojack, a foxy x border collie, he was about 5 and didn't really like kids. We also had Luna & Ares both DSH cats. When we decided to move to NSW we thought it was best to find the dogs new homes as Missy was a dog who needed alot of attention & as much as I hated it I knew she wouldn't be happy once Evan had arrived. She went to a old couple who owned a caravan park & had another mini foxy, so I am pretty sure she would have been happy there. Kojack didn't like kids. Again it was a hard thinkg to do but i knew that his future may have ended up being put to sleep after biting one of our kids. So he also went to a new home with a young women who was a sports nut & Kojack loved his walks & was very smart.

    (the next two stories are sad)
    The cats made the 3 day trip in the car to NSW with us. Luna was a little bit of a scaredy cat and she went from being a cat who was comfortable in her home to a cat who spent most of her time hinding or hugging the walls while going to her food/ litter tray / new hiding spot. The poor thing sat under our bed growling the first night Evan was home. over time she got a little better but sadly she was hit by a car on one of her rare occasions out ( so rare was it to be up near the road we really couldn't believe that this was what had happened, we thought it more likely for her to have been kicked by the horse that lived inthe paddock next door while chasing field mice or something). She didn't show up for dinner one night & Luna being Luna we didn't think much of it but she didn't call at the door like she normally did if locked out after dark that night nor was she about in the morning. By afternoon she still had not been seen so we started the hunt, we thought that maybe she had gotten stuck between the garage & the back patio area so that was the firt place we went to look but needed a flood light to see down between the wall. When we went to get it from the shed, there she was huddled up in a ball, it freaked me out, even though I am a vet nurse I was too scared to touch her as I didn't want to hurt her. I got DH to put her in the cat box & called my boss to meet me at the clinic. She was really messed up. we put her on fluids for the night & then the next day I decided to put her to sleep. She had fractured her jaw in 4 places, she had bleeding behind one of her eyes, she didn't seem to have any control of her bowls or bladder as she had not passed any urine even though she was on fluids. And also my boss (the vet) believed she would need to have her salivary glades removed from one side of her mouth. It was going to be a job for the specialist in Ryde & 1000's of dollars later she might not have regained the use of ehr bladder etc and need to be put to sleep anyway. While the $$$ were also an issue my desission was more based on the fact that her recovery would have been terrible for her, she wasn't a cat that would have coped with being handled so much. We miss her dearly but feel she would not have been happy to go through the mass of surgeryshe would have needed. She was buried at my work. Then we have Ares. He spent almost my whole pregnancy purring on my pregnant belly, he was a beautiful cat, our neighbours had even nick named him "Mr beautiful".
    On the trip down he sat at my feet the whole way occasionally popping up to ask "are we there yet". He loved Evan put up with everything the kid could dish out. Never used his claws, although he would bite but never hard. On 2 or 3 times he did get in trouble for puttin ghis paws around evans head but on each occassion he really didn't feel he had any other choice as Evan had him cornered. But again he never used his claws he was just holding him with his paws. He was such a good cat, he would sleep at our feet and be this bif lump of cat that would grunt and moan if you tried to move him to get some of the cover's & when it got could he would come up he wriggle under the donor with you. This cat would purr & purr & purr. When I was about 7 months pregnant with Glenn I watched him cross the road & he just casually walked across & made a car stop for him to pass & I had said to DH that he was getting ****y with cars. We lived on a terrible road and about 2 weeks later I had some kids knock on my door & when i asnwered the boy just said I think your cats been hit by a car. I ran outside and up the drive way & there he was just lying there on the grass where the boys had been kind enough to move him off the road. My nighbour was there & said she thought he was gone. I picked him up & took him inside and just broke down in tears as my poor Ares had been killed. I called my boss to see if he was still at the clinic so I could take him in to burie him with luna. while we got ready I tried to put ona brave face in front of Evan, who thought it was funny to see Ares wrapped in a towel. We let Evan see him be put in the ground but I took him away while DH filled in the hole. It made me feel a little better when again Evan a giggle at Ares in the ground. He had no idea what was going on as he was not yet 2. I miss him so much just writing this up had me in tears. I miss Luna as well but I think because Ares was killed made it so much harder. With Luna it didn't feel like it was one of my animals because she was on the surgery table & under anaesthetic and she looked different from her injuries. I don't know why but It was just harder to loose Ares. He would have been 6 last spetember.

    Now we have Zoe she is a super spastic boxer who will be 2 this year. She is great with Evan have never had a problem with her as far as he goes, she is a bit of a digger though!

    When I was pregnant I avoided changing the litter trays but you can only get toxo from cat poo that is more then 24 hours old so If you keep up with keeping your cats loo clean every day & wash your hads after you really have very little ris. You have more chance of getting toxo from working in a sloughter house then you do from owning a cat. Chancer are if you own a cat you probably have been exposed to it anyway. You can have a blood test to check this. if you have had it while not pregnant its like having the flu. Get it while you are it can cause birth defects or miscarrage & still births so while the risk is small always keep it in mind. just as little tag as to how unlikely you are to get it. I have worked in vet surgeries for almost 9 years & the last time I was tested for exposure to it I hadn't had it.

    A screen door on babies bedroom door is a good way of keeping the room open but the cat out for those who are worried about kitty suggling up to bubby.

    Worming your pets every 3 months is very imortant when you have kids. Canine & Feline worms don't like to live in humans so they tend to do nasty things to your body if you get them & they are left untreated. round worm for example can travel to your eye & make you blind. Don't be fooled by the super market "All wormer" or your monthly heart worm that also does intestinal worms, not all of these product cover ALL the worms.

    Small dogs are more likely to bite then a big dog. this is because the only way they can tell an anoyin glittle kid to leave them alone becasue they are not a puppy ( little kids tend to think little dogs are puppy's) in to bite or growl. Most dog bites are provoked. Even though the dog bit doesn't mean they will do it again unless little tommy shuves that stick up his bum again that is. Dogs don't like there ears being pulled or the feet being touched or tails being yanked. the best way to prevent a dog bite is to WATCH YOUR KIDS. I see so many dog get put down because they bit the child.........what was the child doing??

    Well thats about all I can think of for now so i will leave it there, sorry to have turned my Cats stories into a sad story
    I love my cats

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    OMG sorry about all the spelling mistakes, its late & I was crying

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    Oh Fiona, they are sad stories about Luna and Ares. Thank you so much for sharing them and for the advice regarding toxo and the screen door on the bubs room.

    I am 35 weeks pregnant and our cat already now jumps in the bubs bassinette. Not sure what to do about this, probably have to shut the door as we aren't in 'our' house yet, have to move in a couple of weeks.

    Our dog is a 6 year old kelpie x border collie and I am more worried about him jumping, when he gets excited he jumps and for toddlers, that can be worrying and for when I have bubs in my arms or in a sling.

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    I know it doesn't sound nice but lift your knee just as your dog goes to jump & tell him NO if a firm voice & he will soon realise that a knee inthe chest isn't any fun.
    With you cat in the bassinet, try putting a weak mouse trap upside down & when he jumps in it will go off & give hima fright. Or what I did on the one ocassion I busted Luna in the cot before I had Evan, I snuck up i\on her and banged the side of the cot & made a big ruckus, scared the bejibus out of her. She didn't go back to it. Maybe seems its a bassinet try sneaking up with two pots & bang them together to give her a fright. Cats are persistant. But I doubt she will go back after one or two times of her peaceful sleep being interupted by that. A bit extream i know but I bet it will work! lol or maybe you could just take the normal door of the hinges & a screen door will fit inthe exsiting holes.

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    Thanks Fiona! Appreciate those suggestions, will try the 'scare' tactic for kitty cat.

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    Hi Everyone

    I posted in here along time ago when I was contemplating getting a puppy or a kitten. Last week I got a little kitty that was a stray from the vet (my to DH's dismay!) Her name is Poppy and she is just a delight.....she is now my baby girl as I am having a little boy.

    DH changes the litter all the time now as he is super paranoid that something is going to happen......oh well - I'm not complaining!!

    Poppy lies on my tummy - but I don't think that she knows anything yet as she is only 8 weeks old. Time will tell I guess.....she is just a little joy though and I love having her around!

    Megan

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    Hey Megan,

    Congrats again on your new kitty It's possible that Poppy knows you are pg. I have a really close bond with one of my kitties and I'm sure she knows that I'm pg. Lately she's taken to snuggling up as close to my belly as possible and even trying to 'hug' it with her paws LOL. Very cute! I'm sure she's even felt Kynan move whilst she been cuddled up next to me and DH hasn't even gotten to feel him move yet LMAO!

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    Angel - that is just the cutest thing I have ever heard! Your kitty hugged Kynan! I hope that Poppy learns that trick.....

    Just loved reading your post!

    Megan

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    Christy, I've been meaning to tell you for ages, but keep forgetting!! We've had a blanket on the floor in the loungerrom for a few weeks to get our cat used to it & she doesn't go near it anymore - woohoooo! Just wanted to say thanks for the tip.

    Also just wondered what you think of this idea I've had... We have a musical mobile on bubs cot, a swing which makes noise & a fisher price toy that plays music. Now what I was thinking (& have been doing) is if I turn them on every now & then (seperately of course) our cat will get used to the noises associated with the baby. Do you think that might help her to be a bit calmer when he arrives cos she'd be used to some of the sounds?

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    Definately! I used to play some sound bites I downloaded of babies crying as well to the animals at different times during the day so they would get used to the noises Good idea!

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    hi, has anyone got any suggestions on how to introduce a pet to the new addition? we have a little cross toy poodlex ****zu and he is used to being the baby in the house and getting all of our attention. i am afraid that when the baby comes he will feel neglected and jealous even though we are really conscious of it.

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    Hi amelie! I've posted in the first page what I started doing, but I do have heaps of info on this very subject... I guess the first thing to do while you are PG is to set up a system so your furbaby will not feel like all priveledges are taken away as soon as the baby comes home, so there isn't as much jealousy. So... if your puppy has to have any changes, i.e. sleeping in your bed that you don't want when the baby comes home, start a few months earlier moving him out to where you want him to sleep. If he doesn't have his own bed, buy him one. Give him a place to go to escape (trust me you'll want to join him later ) Start a pattern that will continue after bubs. I mean when he goes to bed give him something to chew on yummy like a pigs ear, so it becomes a good thing to go to bed. Get him used to spending time outside, even when you are inside. My dogs rarely have to be put out or anything nowadays, but early on I couldn't handle everything at once....

    Get cd's of baby noises...play it periodically. Play it loud & soft so these sounds become familiar to your dog.

    Oh I have sooooo many! Get the baby's things set up at least a few weeks beforehand. Have DH bring home baby smelling things with your smell from hospital everyday. When you get home, have DH bring the baby in after you arrive & greet your dog. Always spend 5-10 minutes quality time with your dog once or twice a day when the baby is out of the room/asleep. This way your dog will know that it has a special place in your heart. Same for DH make sure he spends the same time with the dog when the baby is away/out of the room. This helps the dog feel confident.

    BIGGEST TIP EVER:
    train your dog. Basic commands, sit/stay/down/come etc... if your dog already knows these commands, work on them daily for a minute a few times a day so that they are done almost everytime that way you can trust your dog to sit while you move the baby etc... rather then get excited. Start training now. Continue training forever... at least until your baby is walking. Every new stage your baby does, affects the dogs.

    Good luck!

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