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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 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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