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#31 of 34 Old 07-03-2013, 04:35 AM
 
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we have a cat, his name is yummy. he loves my baby boy.  one time I saw my then 2yr old boy sitting on his back, riding him like a horse but yummy did not fight he just meow until I asked my son to leave him alone. 

 

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We have a Golden Retriever who has been with us since right before DS1 was born and he is an absolute dream. He is a gentle as lamb with the baby and knows he can roughhouse with DS1 & 2 when the time is right. He rotates sleeping in their beds with sleeping in our bedroom on his own bed.

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Our cats are wonderful with our baby. Some of them flee from her loud sounds, but otherwise they treat her like their kitten, washing her and cuddling up next to her (with supervision). The other day, Legolas (one of our gentlest cats) rested his cheek against the top of her head. She's seven months old and likes to grab everything, including their fur, so we disentangle her fingers and demonstrate how to touch them with a flat hand...again and again. She'll understand eventually, but for now, we're just vigilant and peel her fingers off their fur so she won't hurt them. Our animal companions have the right not to be harmed or frightened by children and teaching little ones how to engage in respectful touch is an essential life skill, whether the recipient of that touch is another child, another living being like a dog or cat, parents, or objects.

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I think pets are a wonderful lesson in love and nurturing for children. It makes them better people.


I completely agree. All of the necessary precautions have been mentioned here. I think we all know how the relationship between baby and pet should go and how to monitor it. Also I'm sure we all know our animals well enough to determine the parameters of their relationship with our kids. There are so many proven cases about how pets help people, enrich their lives, comfort them in times of need, etc.

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