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Tuesday Tips: Pet Introductions 101

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June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, but spring also brings an abundance of needy puppies, cute kittens, and strays. Adding a new pet to the existing furry family can put tails in a twist. Would you embrace that stranger off the street who smells funny, sleeps in your bed, uses your toilet and gets all the attention from your loved ones?

You’ll want to give consideration to your resident pets, too. Figure out the best match for your old dog, young kitten or other fur-kid to improve the chances your second dog is the perfect match. Here’s a recent puppies.About.com article to learn more about picking compatible pets.

You may get lucky with love-at-first-sniff, but dumping pets together can breed fear or aggression that lasts a lifetime. There are exceptions, but resident pets often are more tolerant of younger pets of the opposite sex. Whatever your choice, proper introductions described in my latest Paw Nation article help pets start off on the right paw.

Are you adopting a new kitten or puppy this summer? Or how about an adult–or even senior citizen–dog or cat? How have you introduced your previous fur-kids? It took my Seren-kitty over a year to deign to be in the same room with Magical-Dawg. Today, they get along but only because the kitty had discovered what FUN it is to get the dawg in trouble!

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant, award winning author, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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  1. Three years ago my beau and I of 5 years decided to move in together and merge our kids (my overly protective cat, and his carefree kitty and dog). I was soooooo nervous, but we did what we thought was best and just bit the bullet throwing them all in the house at the same time. Of course we kept a close watch over the situation, but as we figured, the dog could have cared less about the my cat….Shady had the worst time adjusting but we escaped without incident & today we’re one big happy family. Well, while Lucky rubs up against Shadow’s face…Shady keeps his distance but tolerates the big dog. 🙂

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  2. Hi Tiffany, glad it worked out. When there’s enough space and other resources in the home (so the pets can keep their distance) they can sometimes work things out on their own. It’s very positive of course that his dog already had been around cats. *s* Lucky must have taught the doggy well, too.

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