Animal cohabitation

By Patricia Durocher • 25 January 2021

We often think that our pet will quickly get along with another congeners. But welcoming a stranger into your territory can be difficult for your companion.

Most of the time, if an introduction is made too quickly, the relationship between the two animals can start off on the wrong foot and be difficult to recover afterwards.

Here are a few tips to help your pets get along better:

  • Put your new pet in an isolated room when you arrive. Wait several days, or at least several hours, before introducing everyone.
  • Make sure your old companion has got used to the presence of the new one in his room before introducing them.
  • Provide high spots and hiding places for your cat.
  • Never carry your cat when showing it to others, and never put it in a cage.
  • Keep your dog on a leash when introducing him to your cats.
  • If the meeting is between two dogs, have them get to know each other in a neutral, stress-free environment (e.g. a park or garden).
  • Use rewards or play to associate everyone’s presence with pleasure.
  • Be patient and don’t intervene in their dispute. It would only make things worse.
  • Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help: 450-655-2525.

Here are some more tips for cat cohabitation, cat-dog cohabitation and dog-dog cohabitation.



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