He knows. I had a feeling, but I wasn't sure until we went to dinner at a friend's house a few weeks ago and her dog could not stop licking and rubbing my belly. It's so funny, what our animals can sense. The cat's been different these past few months and it makes me well aware that something is up. All of a sudden, he thinks activities such as climbing on the kitchen counter, drinking out of the toilet and eating our plants are OK. I think it's safe to say that these are habits that a kitten or even a cat of just a few years might develop, but when we're talking about a 12-year old cat who has NEVER done these sorts of things, you know something just isn't quite right. I almost get the impression that he's dying for every bit of our attention (even if it's bad attention), just like a little kid who knows that any day now his mom will be walking through the door with his brand new little brother or sister. He's scared of being replaced or forgotten, and it breaks my heart. Of course, those things will never happen, but how do I make that clear to him? How do I explain that we are adding to our family and not replacing anything or anyone? He's a part of this process too. I've made an effort to take more naps with him, pick him up more frequently, and give him more neck kisses. I'm hoping this brings him some level of comfort. I guess only time will tell.
Did you bring a new baby home to a pet? What was their reaction? Were you as nervous about it as I am?