When most new parents begin to prepare their family pets for the arrival of an infant, they focus primarily on their family dog or cat without giving much thought to their small animals or exotic pets. It may be true that your pet hamsters aren’t going to attempt a covert operation to break free from their cages and attack your newborn but it is easy to forget that with all the new responsibilities associated with parenthood proper time management is essential to keep all members of your family cared for and happy.
Your pet dog or cat has an advantage over any caged animals in the fact that they can physically seek you out when they are feeling lonely or when you’ve had an exceptionally rough night and breakfast is late. Your small and exotic pets, with a few exceptions, do not have this ability to seek your attention when they are in need of something.
The best way to ensure that your small animals are being properly cared for while your life is becoming increasingly more chaotic is to have a set schedule of when your small animals are fed, played with, and generally taken care of that has been developed before the arrival of the newborn. A reliable adult that will not play a crucial role in caring for the newborn should be aware of the schedule and able to take on the responsibility of caring for the pet if it becomes necessary.
As a new parent, it is important to be aware of the resources that are available to you and that includes friends and family who want to help out during this usually difficult and tiring transition. Allowing friends or family members to help out by spending time with your pets is a great way to include friends and family and to make sure that your pets are being cared for properly.
One important thing to remember is to not spend extra time with your pets before the baby arrives. By spending extra time with your pet before the arrival of your baby, your pet will feel especially abandoned, and maybe resentful, after the baby has arrived. Your pet will appreciate receiving the same amount of attention before and after the baby has arrived much more than extra attention before the arrival.
In addition, remember to take all necessary precautions with any pets you may have that have free roam around your house. This may include pet ferrets, pot bellied pigs, or rabbits. Start before the baby arrives and make sure you have set up any needed gates or other protective devices to keep your pets and your baby from interacting freely with one another. Most importantly, and the hardest decision to make, is whether or not it is a good idea to keep your pet with a newborn in the house. This decision is usually only for pet owners who can not find a way to keep their pets while still protecting their child. Although it may be hard, remember that the safety of your child comes before all else.