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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