House Calls 4 Pet Sitting

The Truth About Pets and Babies

New motherhood is an exciting time, full of joy and optimism. And few things are more precious than the bond that can develop between your child and pet. To ensure the newest addition to your family and the furriest member of your family enjoy a happy and healthy life together, it is important to distinguish between myths and facts.

Pets and Babies

Myth or Fact:
Raising children with pets can help your child’s development of non-verbal
communication skills, compassion, and empathy.
A positive pet experience is very beneficial to children. Taking care of a
pet can help children develop social skills, as well as
build self-esteem and self-confidence.1 Pets can improve
children’s physical health too – studies show children
exposed to pets during the first year of life have a lower
frequency of allergic rhinitis at 7–9 years of age and of
asthma at 12–13 years.2
Myth or Fact:
Pregnant women shouldn’t own cats.
As an expectant mother, you can own a cat – just delegate the chore of
cleaning the litter box to someone else. Fecal matter should be scooped at
least twice a day. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that cats can carry
and spread to humans through contact with their feces.3
Myth or Fact:
Cats steal a baby’s breath.
While there’s no truth to this, do not allow your cat to sleep in
your baby’s crib or room. If a cat snuggles close to a baby’s
face, it can make it difficult for a baby to breathe simply
because the cat’s fur and body are in the way.3
Myth or Fact:
If your pet was your first “baby”, you will have to find
it a new home before your human baby arrives.
Introducing your new baby into a home is a major
change for everyone, including your pet. But giving
up your pet is not necessary.4

Information provided by: Bayer Health Animal Division


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Thank you Lisa and Lu !!!

We moved to a new house so we lost our precious friend who babysitted our boy for 8 years. It was hard to even think about any vacation because it meant we had to find the best babysitter for Leonardo. My friend highly recommended Lisa Burks and her company House Calls 4 Pet.  Just talking to Lisa first... More

Thank you Yuliana, for taking the time to share your experience with the care of your special boy while you were away!

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