How to Expand Your Cat or Dog Family

Often this time of year a new dog or puppy finds a new home, and often that new home has a cat or a few cats already in residence. We asked our friends at Rover for some advice for introducing a new dog to cats so that the transition is as peaceful and harmonious as possible!

Don’t forget Convivial House Cat, and one of our flower essences like Multi Cat Household or Multi Species Household will work wonders too!


How to Expand Your Cat or Dog Family

By Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

When you’re ready to bring a new fur baby into the house, you’ll want to think carefully about how and when you introduce them to your other cats and dogs. It can be stressful to get acquainted, so take the time to prepare. Here are some helpful tips from Rover.com.

First, gather as much information as you can about your animal family before the introductions.

  • Has the dog you’re inviting into the family had experience with cats? You’ll want to know how he will interact with the cats before you bring him home. The same goes for new cat friends joining a dog family.
  • Do you have a dog at home who hasn’t met a cat before? Invite a friend’s cat over to play to see how they interact. If you discover your pup is aggressive or rough with cats, work with a trainer before you bring a cat home. If you’re a cat family, do the same work to ensure they’re ready to welcome home a dog.
  • What is the personality of the new cat or dog? Are they playful or mellow? Do they have a quick temper or are they easily frightened? Consider what kind of cat or dog would work best with your current family.
  • Think about the age and activity level of your animal family. If you’ve got kittens who like to play, they may respond fine to a younger dog who has lots of energy. However, if you’ve got a chilled out cat, adding an active puppy to the mix may be more difficult than a senior dog who is more relaxed.

When you’re ready for introductions, take your time moving through each phase of the process.

  1. Before the official introductions, find a separate space for the cat and dog to reside in your home. After a few days, have them switch places. Repeat this process for up to 3 days. This will allow them to learn the scent of the other animal before physical contact. They may be curious, excited, or anxious about the new smells in the house. This is normal!
  2. Next allow them in the same room but make sure the dog is on a leash. Allow them up to an hour together in the same room to sniff each other out. Then, separate them for a few hours. Repeat this cycle several times adding a little more time together during each session.
  3. Once the dog is calm and the cat is comfortable moving around freely, let your dog off leash but continue to oversee their interactions. It may take time, but you’ll know they’re comfortable with each other when your cat eats and uses the litter box freely and your dog is relaxed with the cat. If your dog barks obsessively or becomes aggressive with the cat, you’ll need to work with a trainer.

Don’t worry if it takes longer than you expect. With patience and consistent practice, your family will find their own rhythm living together!

 
 
 
 

Sick Abandoned Kitten Becomes Big Handsome Fluff Ball!

See what happens to a kitten that was injured, abandoned and a mess… see what good food and love and care can do? The formerly skinny and sickly kitten is now a big fluff ball!

You can read more here…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3344557/Sick-scrawny-kitten-abandoned-road-rescued-Florida-family-remarkable-recovery-earns-online-fame.html

His Instagram page is here… https://www.instagram.com/sir_silas_kitty/

Silas was found by a Florida family by the side of the road. He was sick, starving and homeless. They nursed him back to health. Look at the handsome boy he became because of their love and care!

 
 

A Heartwarming Kitten Rescue Story from a Customer

Here’s a wonderful charming story about some kittens from our customer Carol…


The kittens soon after they arrived. A neighbor who worked in the old Lincoln Heights Jail found them huddled in a corner. Some of the building was adapted for other uses, but large areas remained empty. He waited for the Mom to show up, but she didn’t—so he picked them up and wrapped them in a towel. They were thin, dirty, and scared. Obviously Mom was having a hard time feeding these little ones. Other cats had been found in the building, too.

He drove around the neighborhood trying to find someone to take them in. The local shelter had told him that they were overwhelmed with kittens and would have had to euthanize immediately. At two weeks old, they would need constant care and feeding, unless Mom or a surrogate could be found.

We needed a team of people to take care of these little guys— they were so tiny, and keeping them warm, clean and fed was a challenge. They were covered with dirt and fleas. And they had never seen humans before. But soon, they were thriving. And we all developed a deep respect for cat moms— we needed several people feeding around the clock to approximate the love and care of one Mama Cat.

Clio liked to help mix up their baby formula.

At six weeks, they were tearing around their playground. They all grew up to be beautiful, loving kits.

Kitten Pox

Haven’t we all had Kitten Pox during our lifetime? I know I have! Survived perfectly and anxious to have it again !!!
 

kitten-pox
 
 

Johnny Cash Cuddles a Kitten

Johnny Cash’s birthday was last week on the 26th! Isn’t he cool with his feline friend? He was the coolest of the cool!

johnny-cash-kitten-500