When it comes to introducing new pets into any existing fur families, the word “simple” is usually one that is thrown into the mix. While it would be nice if our pets could introduce themselves to each other with cordial handshakes coupled with, “Hello, my name is …” name tags, the reality is that as pet owners, coming across some sort of drama during early encounters is to be expected.
Yet, the task of introducing your new fur baby to the existing family can be managed and drama-free by following these few steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved.Start small
The most important rule when it comes to introducing your new pet to your other pets is to never toss them into the mix hoping they will like each other instantly. Start the introduction process slowly, and with time, your pets will get used to the each other’s smell and company, making the transition easier.Implement the old switcheroo
Speaking of smells, animals prioritise scent more than appearances, so place your new pet in a room that is isolated from the rest of the fur family. Swap blankets or beds from different pets in different rooms so that they will get used to each other’s scent. While they might not interact with each other at this point, they will recognise each other’s presence. So, when the time finally comes for both to meet, they’ll have a better idea of who they are meeting.Create a “safe” zone
Create a safe space for each animal in case they need a somewhere to retreat to when they are frightened or uncomfortable. For a new cat or dog, this could be their isolation room, and for your existing pet, this could be your bedroom. Make sure to include their bed or crate in their respective safe zones to make them feel secure.Take it slow
When it comes to introducing new pets into the family, starting gradually is essential in order to avoid unnecessary fights. Always remember that every pet is unique — so while some of your pets might be defensive and territorial against a newcomer, others might happily accept any new company into the mix.Be patient
The saying that, “All good things come to those who wait,” definitely applies in situations like these. Sometimes, the introductory process can take longer than expected, but keep in mind that some pets have never had company before — it is only natural for them to take time to adjust to newcomers. Don’t lose hope and always remind yourself to be patient.Shower all pets with the same amount of attention and love
Don’t forget to shower your love and care for both the new fur kid on the block, and of course, your existing fur babies. Remember that this is a big transition for everyone, so while they may not act the way you would ideally want them to be, just know that they are trying their best to adjust to the new changes.