It’s been said that humans don’t choose their cats. Cats choose their humans. And for a little tuxedo cat named Panda, he chose one of his humans while he was still in the womb.
Liel Assayag and her husband, who live in Alberta, Canada, adopted the cat two years ago after what Assayag describes was an instant connection, according to a report by BuzzFeed News.
Panda and her humans had the kind of connection anyone with a cat would be all too familiar with.
And Panda’s connections with her human family continued when, last year, Assayag got pregnant. Panda was said to be snuggling and purring on her belly.
“When the belly got bigger, she started putting her paws around the belly so it looked like she [was] hugging it,” Assayag said to BuzzFeed News.
The plan didn’t work immediately. As Assayag said, “They ignored the baby for about a month. After a month, they started coming closer to him and [sniffing] him.”
But that didn’t stop the new mom from creating a relationship between their newest addition to the family and the feline members of the family.
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Soon enough, Panda was said to have “started lying on top of the baby while purring”, a sign that often indicates a cat is content. It was a move similar to what Panda did while the son, named Sean Ivory, was still in the womb.
“She clearly loves him,” Assayag said about Panda’s behavior.
Panda isn’t the only cat who has welcomed the baby into the family. As Assayag said, one of the two other cats can be found sleeping next to the baby and waking her up when the baby cries while the other often cuddles with the baby.
The photos Assayag have shared in social media were her way of showing how pets can be “part of the family.” She said she has seen families go the opposite direction by abandoning pets as soon as they have kids.
She said, “I want to show the people that pets are great companions for kids and they can learn so much from them. 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.”