Published : 11/22/2017 12:00:00
Categories : tips and tricks
Whether you've been thinking about it for some time or the opportunity just suddenly arises, the issue of adopting a new pet always raises many questions when you already have a cat at home. Felines are very territorial animals and they generally don't like to see their everyday lives change dramatically. So, will your cat willingly accept the new arrival? Whether your new pet is a dog, another cat, or even a rabbit (they can get along very well with cats!), you will have to take some precautions to ensure everything goes well!
Is your cat ready?
Successfully welcoming a new pet into your home will depend on the character of the cat you already have at home. In short, if your cat is of a nervous nature, likes a calm environment and disappears as soon as you have visitors, they will undoubtedly be upset by the arrival of a new pet. Don't be fooled into thinking that the arrival of a kitten or puppy in your home will make your cat more sociable: the way they see it, their new housemate will turn their well-organised everyday life into hell!
An adjustment period will be necessary
When you bring home your newly adopted pet, don't introduce them to the cat of the house straight away. Otherwise, it’s bound to end in disaster! Start by leaving your new pet in a closed room. This way, your cat will notice a new presence, but will not feel threatened and will be able to get used to this change gradually.
Create a separate space for each of your pets
Once the introductions have been made, to ensure the long-lasting cohabitation of all of your pets, you will also have to organise your home so that each of your pets has their own space. If you have adopted another cat, they will each need to have their own litter box, bowl and basket, if possible in separate places.