It can sometimes be difficult when adding a new pet to the family but certainly not impossible. It can be fun and exciting if handled properly. It is important to know the pets will get along with one another and most times do if introduced to one another gradually and delicately. Your local Rockford-area veterinarian, Petsmart and Petco as listed below or one closest to your home are always available to help you with important tips on introducing two pets in the home.
Everyone in the home needs to be consulted regarding the new pet that will be joining the family. You can prepare the current pet as well even though you cannot sit down and discuss it with him/her. New introductions must be as smooth and gradual as possible. The best way to do so is introduce the new canine member of the family on common grounds such as a park or other communal area. In regards to a new cat, it is best to keep it in a carrier during introductions and keep the animals in separate rooms. Close meetings should be done under supervision only. Pay close attention to the reactions of both animals for any signs of aggression such as low growling, fur standing up on the back of the neck, showing the teeth with a curled lip, pricked ears and direct staring.
Such behavior is not necessarily a deal breaker as long as you do not play favoritism to either animal, especially the current resident. The old dog (or cat) needs to know that the new pet does not pose a threat of being pushed aside as a loving companion. Most often there may be some hesitation initially while sniffing each other out through curiosity. You can’t force the meeting but let them get accustomed to each other on their own terms. They may have periods of barking at each other and play-growling which is normal in testing each other’s boundaries; a normal process in new introductions. Cats may take longer and retreat to hide until more comfortable but rushing the animals will not make the union more pleasant.
You can always tell if the animals will get along with one another if they seem to be relatively friendly with one another and playful; calm and peaceful together for the most part. Give it time; do not force it and they will learn how to co-habitat with one another.
Rockford area pet parents that are planning your pet-friendly vacation, much great useful information is available at this site – Pet Friendly Travel
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
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