One of the reasons many pets are sent to animal shelters is because of the arrival of a new baby in the family. Oftentimes, parents are advised to get rid of their cats or dogs once expecting a child since it may cause harm and problems to the baby.
However, one family wants to break the stereotype in hopes of encouraging expecting parents to keep their pets by sharing their story. Apparently, not only do pets cause no harm to children, they are actually a loving companion as they grow up.
Meet Panda, the adorable adopted cat of Liel and her husband.
Panda was adopted by a couple in Alberta, Canada two years ago. The tuxedo cat has been hugging their little baby even before he was born.
Panda started snuggling Liel’s belly the moment she got pregnant.
Remarkably, the moment the mom got pregnant, Panda started following her to tuck her head on her owner’s belly, and purring contentedly. Once the baby came in, she was a bit confused at first. However, once she got accustomed to the baby’s smell, she realized that baby was the one inside her owner’s tummy she had been snuggling with.
Once baby Sean was born, the tuxedo cat still snuggles with baby just like before.
According to Liel Assayag, Panda’s owner, when she gave birth to Sean Ivory, she made her husband take home one of the baby’s onesies so Panda and their two other cats could learn his smell. Not long, Panda began lying on top of the baby just like she did when Sean was still in the womb.
“I want to show the people that pets are great companions for kids and they can learn so much from them,” she said. “For some people they are just pets. But for the pets, people are their family and that’s how we should treat them — as family. And you don’t give up on your family.”
The family’s two other cats also showed affection to the baby, but it is Panda who shows much love since the beginning.