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9 Steps for Bringing A New Pet Into Your Cat's Household

 

 

If  you are thinking of getting a second animal as a pet to keep your current cat company because you don’t have the time to spend with your current cat, you might want to rethink the situation.
 
One of the first steps to bringing a new pet into your home is to make sure that you have the time and are willing to dedicate the energy and effort it will take to safely and happily introduce a new pet into your home.
 
When you do bring the new pet into the home, spend extra time with your resident cat. Make sure the cat feels secure in the relationship they have with you and are as comfortable as possible with the new situation
 
 
Assess your resident cat’s temperament and decided they will tolerate a new pet in the household.
 
 
To eliminate any danger of health problems coming into the house, make sure that your current resident pet is up to date on all vaccines (you should also check on the newcomer’s vaccines as well).
 
Since cats are such territorial animals, it may be best to place your cat’s food and water dishes out of reach of the new pet at first. Additionally, you will want to place their litter box where only they can use it at first.
 
If you have chosen a cat to join the household, try to match personalities with your current resident cat and, if possible, try to find a cat that is of a different age and sex than that of your current cat. This will help keep the territorial fighting to a minimum.
 
A puppy is usually the best choice if you are adding a dog to the household. Puppies will more readily accept your resident cat as a companion and will be more easily trained.
 
 
 
If you are looking for a more unconventional pet, the relationship between a rabbit and cat can become quite close. They will often play together and groom each other once they get used to each other.