When you introduce a new pet, be it a puppy, a kitten or an adult pet of either into your home, there’s going to be changes which must be made. From purchasing pet food to bedding, training crates to toilet trays, there’s heaps to organise too. We’re written this guide specially to help new owners (and those which need a refresher) introduce a new pet into their home.
5 Must Read Tips on How to Introduce a New Pet
The way in which a new pet is introduced into your home and to your family does vary depending on circumstances. The age of the pet, the size of your home, if you have any kids, the pet’s history and of course the type of pet are all variables which need to be taken into consideration! For instance, cats are most likely already toilet trained but bring their life experiences with them. Kittens are often not litterbox trained and are more willing to explore, engage with children and tend to settle in quicker. This is generally the same differences you’ll notice between a new puppy and a new adult dog too.
So, when it comes time to introduce a new pet into your household, we thought we’d share some general tips with you to help the process along.
- Keep your new and any existing pets apart before they first meet as long as possible. This helps reduce the stress your new kitten or puppy feels, as they’ve got enough to get used to without meeting the other pets. If possible, having one room just for the new pet for a few days is a really good idea.
- Stay calm. Animals can be highly sensitive to your emotions and actions. Speaking quietly and using slow movements is very important.
- Be prepared before your new pet arrives. This means organising their bedding, food bowls, collars and leads.
- Find out what cat or dog food they are currently eating and get a supply in. It’s okay to change their food brand and type, but it needs to be done gradually over a period of days. Having the same food when they arrive helps keep stress levels down and tummies happy.
- Watch everything! Keep an eye out for signs that your puppy or kitten needs to visit the toilet. Ensure interactions between other animals and family members are positive. Give your pet space to explore without being in their face, so to speak.
More Help with Your New Pet
We’ve also got plenty of additional help available for you too! There’s a blog on how to toilet train your puppy or kitten, teaching your dog to walk nicely on a lead and crate training your dog! Remember we’re also here to help you with any queries or questions, so please get in touch today!