Bringing home a new fur-baby is one of the best feelings in the world. You are given the chance to nurture her right from the moment you wrap her around your arms until she grows up to be a dependable fur-son. Best of all, you get to have something to call your own. Though welcoming a new fur-baby can bring about joy, it may not always be a breeze for some.

The most important way to know how to introduce your fur-baby is to determine her personality type. Some fur-babies may tend to be energetic and carefree, while others territorial, shy, or even afraid. It is best to watch out for cues on how your fur-baby will react towards her new home, in some cases—new babies, and other fur-babies

 

Here are some tips to help you introduce your fur-baby to your household, new baby, and other fur-babies. Take note that there are different steps when introducing your dog or cat.

 

Introducing your new dog to your household:

 

  1. Give your fur-baby some time to settle in her new home. This is a great way to know how she will react towards a new environment.
  2. Start to familiarize your fur-baby with her surroundings. Secure off-limits areas and allow your fur-baby to sniff and explore areas she can be in. Use a leash in walking her around the house.
  3. Be aware of visual cues. If your fur-baby tries to go to off-limits areas, redirect her into the areas she can be in. Once you see she is receptive in following your lead, give her a treat. It is important for her to associate good behavior with a reward.
  4. Repeat these guided tours with your fur-baby. Repetition helps your fur-baby become more aware of how she should behave in accessible and inaccessible areas in your home.

 

Introducing your new cat to your household:

 

  1. Give your fur-baby some time to settle in her new home. Give your fur-baby her own area of comfort within your home. It is important for her to associate this area with the feeling of being safe and secure. Place her in a quiet room with her own bed, food bowl, and litterbox.
  2. Start to familiarize your fur-baby with her surroundings. First, secure off-limits areas. After which, with your supervision, allow your fur-baby to wander around your home freely.
  3. Be aware of visual cues. You can start by letting your fur-baby come to you. If your fur-baby approaches you, give her a treat. Let her associate good behavior with a reward. However, if your fur-baby tries to go to off-limits areas, use a keep-off spray to let her know she is not allowed to be in those areas.
  4. Repeat these guided tours with your fur-baby. Until you are sure your fur-baby understands how to behave in the different areas of your home, keep doing these guided tours.

 

Introducing your new dog to your new baby:

 

  1. Start to familiarize your fur-baby with your new baby. Scent helps your fur-baby familiarize herself with what you are introducing her to. Give your fur-baby blankets or clothing your baby has worn to familiarize her with the scent of your baby.
  2. Introduce your fur-baby to your new baby with caution. Use a leash on your fur-baby when you introduce her to your baby. Have one person hold your fur-baby with a leash and another person hold your baby when you introduce them both.
  3. Be aware of your fur-baby’s visual cues. In order to know the reaction of your fur-baby towards your baby, it is important for you to observe her behavior including her mouth, tail, and bark.
  4. Be aware of your baby’s visual cues. Make sure to observe your baby’s reaction towards your fur-baby. Is she smiling and laughing? Or is she frowning and crying? Your baby’s reaction towards your fur-baby is important as this will determine how your fur-baby may react towards your baby. Until you are certain your fur-baby and baby are comfortable towards each other, it may be best to keep them around, but at a distance.

 

Introducing your new cat to your new baby:

 

  1. Allow your fur-baby to feel comfortable towards your new baby. Let your fur-baby see your baby little by little each day. This will help your fur-baby become more comfortable with your baby.
  2. Start to familiarize your fur-baby with your new baby. Similarly, with dog fur-babies, scent helps your cat fur-baby familiarize herself with what you are introducing her to. Give your fur-baby blankets or clothing your baby has worn to familiarize her with the scent of your baby.
  3. Make sure to be around during a fur-baby and new baby encounter. It is important to know that anything can happen if you leave your fur-baby alone with your baby. So, it is best to always be around and never leave them alone together.

 

Introducing your fur-baby to other fur-babies:

 

  1. Let your fur-baby familiarize herself with other fur-babies. The best way to start is by letting your fur-baby become familiar with the scent of other fur-babies’ belongings. This may be a toy, blanket, or pillow.
  2. Reinforce your fur-baby with the basic commands. It is important to continuously reinforce your fur-baby with obedience signals as this will be used in introducing your fur-baby to other fur-babies. When your fur-baby obeys, give her a treat. Again, your fur-baby needs to associate good behavior with a reward.
  3. Proceed with caution. Introduce your fur-baby to another fur-baby in a totally different area, ideally, not in the sanctuary of either fur-babies, to avoid giving either the opportunity to become territorial. If your fur-baby is a dog, use a leash during introduction. If your fur-baby is a cat, let her approach the other fur-baby with supervision. Make use of obedience signals during introduction and reward your fur-baby with a treat.
  4. Watch out for visual cues. Observe your fur-baby during introduction by being aware of her mouth, tail, bark or hiss. If she reacts positively by being warm towards the other fur-baby, let her familiarize herself further. However, if she reacts violently by barking or hissing, redirect her attention by tossing a toy away from the other fur-baby. You may also call your fur-baby and if she responds, reward her with a treat. Separate both fur-babies from each other.
  5. Repeat introduction sessions. Until your fur-baby feels comfortable towards the other fur-baby, keep repeating the process of letting them interact with a leash and supervision.
  6. Let the fur-babies interact without the leash. Once your fur-baby feels comfortable towards the other fur-baby, meaning if neither fur-babies reacts violently towards each other, you may let them loose in a room with your supervision. However, should any of the fur-babies react aggressively towards the other, repeat previous steps mentioned until both feel comfortable towards one another.

 

References:

https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/adoption/introducing-new-pet-your-household

https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/behavior/how-introduce-dog-and-cat

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/the-right-way-to-introduce-a-new-pet-to-an-existing-pet-092116.html

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