Do it Right: Welcoming New Pets into your Home

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Getting a pet is easy the first time around, but when you decide to get another pet, unless one of the two is a small animal, it will take a little time to get all your pets used to each other.

Getting a pet is easy the first time around, but when you decide to get another pet, unless one of the two is a small animal, it will take a little time to get all your pets used to each other.

 

When you first get your new pet, brace yourself to not try too hard to meddle with the "rank" of the animals. They have to work it out themselves, and the new animal might need to have a lesson taught to them now and then. In most cases, when you get new pets, you should keep them separated from the other animals you own. Your original pets could feel threatened by the new one you are bringing in. The new animal should most likely have its own room to keep it solitary from the other animals and spend more time with its owner than with anyone else, or it might get confused and think it belongs to another person.

 

I talked to Lori Vaughan, who fosters cats for a shelter called Every Creature Counts. She gave me a few tips on how to socialize your animals with each other. When I asked her, she told me to try not to have five people or more in the room with the new animal at once, so the animal is not overwhelmed by all the attention.

 

When I asked her what she did initially to socialize her pets, she said, "I just give them brief visits throughout the day. If it goes well, keep doing it, if it doesn't, just keep trying." If it doesn't go well, you should reassure the new pet, but also love your other pet to let them know they aren't being replaced. As Sarah Vaughan, Lori's daughter said, "Pay attention to both animals." Never yell at either of them; talk to them calmly and lovingly

 

.She also advised me to let them sniff each other under the door that separates them, so they can get used to each others' smells, or "My vet had told us to put vanilla extract on their noses so they all smell the same." When you make the decision to let your new animal out around the house, you should make sure to take into consideration the ages, personality, and friendliness between your animals.