New cat in the family How do I introduce it at home?

Proper presentation of the new member to the rest of the family can be critical in adaptation. For adult cats, especially for those who have not lived with cats before, it may not be easy to assimilate. Here we give a few tips to facilitate the early days of coexistence:

The presentation between cats:

  • Do not put at risk the health of your cat: sometimes introduce new kitten home can come from the street. It is recommended that you analyze viral diseases such as leukemia and feline immunodeficiency our veterinarian. These diseases can be shared in stray cats and can be contagious for our cat. When we make sure that we put the kitten home healthy, we can start making presentations.
  • Prepare a safe place for the new member. It is vital that our new cat feel calm and secure in the early days. It is ideally preparing a locked room with his stuff. So it will get used to the new environment and new smells.
  • Both accustomed to the smell of the other: In the early days, it is advisable to exchange things from one cat to another. You can change the blankets or beds. Even change room, and let everyone in the place that occupied the other in the previous days. This makes recognize the smell and gradually become accustomed.
  • Transportin presentation: when the new cat is relaxed after the first few days, we can begin to present. Ideally, leave him a transportin so that they can smell peacefully without risk. It is recommended to repeat this several times. The first time, you may have snorts and snarls, something ubiquitous in cats, but the following meetings will be more relaxed.
  • Into a transportin, and are accustomed to the smell of the other, it’s time to let them know freely. By that time, we recommend using Feliway. This spray simulates the scent of pheromones used by cats to mark their territory as safe. To smell it, they feel more protected and relaxed.

It is essential that the meeting, each cat has an escape route, and do not feel compelled to share space with the other. When they are together, we must encourage positive stimuli for both. Petting and food usually work so that they feel comfortable.

The presentation between dog and cat:

Dogs tend to be less territorial than cats. Generally, they accepted more quickly to new family members. Still, some dogs have never lived with cats and must learn to do. These tips can facilitate presentations, including:

  • Present them safely: Ideally, when known, the kitten is within the transportin and the dog tied up.
  • It allowed to smell: We must allow the dog to approach the transportin and feel the cat, and vice versa.
  • Stay calm: it is vital to be relaxed at the moment known. The animals can feel our mood. If we are nervous and they transmit it will get nervous too.
  • Do not scold your pet: If your dog gets nervous or barking, it is not advisable to rebuke him. The negative stimulus associates the punishment with the presence of the cat. The best thing is to ignore the wrong behavior and reward when it becomes quiet. With prizes like candy and caresses, both animals associate the presence of the other as something positive.
  • Let the cat explore: When both are smelled, and the dog is calm, you can let the cat out of the carrier (always with the dog tied up on a leash)

Present them freely: When the cat has gone, and the dog is relaxed and not have too much interest in the cat, you can release the strap. Always with supervision and without letting it pursues.

With patience and these tips, the newest member of the family will adapt quickly and be accepted. Always remember to keep calm and have a positive attitude.

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