Remember that your new cat or dog may have been passed from family to family before ending up with you. They may be confused, or even scared. Your existing pets will likely also be a little confused when you arrive home with a new pet. They may not immediately want to welcome him or her into their home.
If there is tension or fighting, please book a consultation so we can help your dogs to settle and come to accept each other as family.
If you’ve adopted a cat, keep him or her securely in a room with their bed in a cozy corner, a litter tray and some food and water. It might be helpful to make kitty’s bed on a low shelf in your cupboard and leaving the cupboard door open for them to get in and out as they please.
Ensure that the windows to the room where you’re keeping kitty are kept closed – else kitty will get out and run away (remember that he or she doesn’t yet know that your home is their new home), he or she will be confused and unfamiliar for a little while.
Keep kitty in this room for at least 4 or 5 days and spend time in there with him or her so he or she can get used to you and the area. You will eventually see kitty becoming more relaxed after a few days, when you can try to take them out of the room safely holding them at first, so they can see your home outside the bedroom door.
Remember to keep all windows closed and unfriendly pets away so that kitty can explore safely. After about a week, depending on how fast kitty adjusts, you can take him or her out to see the garden – again holding them in your arms so they don’t feel too vulnerable, and only doing little bits at a time.
Ensure that everyone is calm, and if dogs and kitty don’t know each other, that dogs are locked away at first until later when they have met. Take kitty out for short periods only if he or she is calm but return indoors if they look scared. He or she may need a few more days in their kitty room with the windows and door securely closed.