Animals Living Together
By Dorothée Pâris Pasturel • 25 January 2021
We often take it for granted that our pet will quickly get along with a newcomer. But welcoming a stranger to their territory can be difficult for your companion.
Most of the time, if they are introduced too quickly, the two animals can have a bad start to their relationship, which will be difficult to recover from later on.
Here are several tips to encourage the best harmony between your animals:
- Place the new animal in a secluded room upon arrival at your home. Wait several days, or at least several hours, before introducing everyone.
- Make sure your old companion has gotten used to the new one’s presence in his room before you introduce them.
- Set up high places and hiding places for your cat.
- Never carry your cat or put her in a crate when you present her to others.
- Keep your dog on a leash to introduce him to your cats.
- If the meeting is between two dogs, first let them discover each other in a neutral and non-stressful place (e.g.: a park or a garden).
- Use rewards or games so everyone’s presence is associated with fun.
- Be patient and don’t interfere in any quarrel. It would only make things worse.
- Please contact us if you need help. 450-655-2525.