Introducing A New Cat into the Family
Introducing a new four-legged family member can be an exciting time. As exciting as it is, it’s important to properly introduce your new cat to a current pet or dog.
Slow and safe introductions are important and should be done over a one-week period to keep your family’s stress level low. Here are three tips to keep the introduction peaceful:
Preparing for the introduction is one of the most important steps. If your dog is easily excitable or young, it may scare your new cat. To get your cat ready, put him in a separate room in the house with familiar comforts such as toys, a litter box, food, and water. This will give them time to adjust to their new home without being overwhelmed by your current pets.
2. Separate the animals
Try putting your dog in his crate and letting the cat roam around freely to get used to the layout of his new home. Make sure when no one is home that the dog or cat is always confined to discourage any dangerous unsupervised interactions.
3. Initiate leashed introductions
After your cat is used to walking around your house on his own, allow both pets to be in the same room at one time while the dog is securely leashed. Continue with this until both animals calm down and feel safe and relaxed. If there are any signs of aggression or stress, keep your pets in separate areas of the house a little longer.
With time and patience, assimilating a new feline into the family can be a rewarding experience. However, if a dog growls or snaps at a calm or quiet cat at any time, the relationship will probably not work out. The same goes for the cat if he stops eating, drinking, or hisses and/or swats at the dog.
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"Unless the oil in a passive diffuser gets onto a cat’s skin or is ingested in some way (e.g. the diffuser tips over onto or near the cat, or the cat ingests a personal diffuser), the main hazard to cats from essential oils dispersed through passive diffusers is respiratory irritation."
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Thanks to the Companion Animal Parasite Council we are able to see monthly and yearly prevalence maps for parasites and diseases throughout the United States. The numbers continue to grow which is why we continue to push Heartworm and Flea and Tick prevention year round. Our seasons are unpredictable and prevention is easier AND CHEAPER than your animal getting a disease and treating it. Here are some of the numbers:
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Rabies is a fatal viral disease that is spread from contact with bodily fluids from an infected animal, most commonly saliva via a bite wound. The virus infects only mammals with wildlife such as the fox, skunk, raccoon, and bat being the most common carriers. In the United States, hundreds of dogs and cats die from rabies each year, along with several human fatalities. Worldwide there are over 55,000 human deaths each and every year. With proper vaccination, rabies is nearly 100% preventable.
Although not common in people in the U.S., the most common route of human exposure is from our pets that have been bitten by a rabid animal. Because of this, prevention is key. Prevention is easily achieved with routine vaccinations and avoiding interactions with possible rabid wildlife. The rabies vaccine is a killed virus, meaning there is no chance of getting rabies from the vaccine. It is recommended in all puppies, kittens, and ferrets over the age of 16 weeks. As adults, it can be given yearly to every three years, depending on the vaccine label and the local laws regarding vaccine frequency.
"...an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..."
In addition to being a good idea for the health of you and your pet, the rabies vaccine is legally required. Animals that are bitten without being vaccinated may have to endure a quarantine period of weeks to months, or in some cases, may have to be euthanized. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, more than ever in the case of rabies where there is no cure.
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