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7 Ways to Transition New Pets into the Home

The holiday season is a time of year where shelters everywhere experience many “gift adoptions.” While the thought of surprising your loved ones with a long anticipated furry friend might be heartwarming, many of these gift adoptions don’t work out. Why? Because many gift adoptions are impulsive. They can also be forced – where potential adopters feel pressured to pick any cute animal just to put him or her under the tree.

Instead of bringing home a pet for Christmas, we suggest purchasing a gift certificate from Seattle Humane. This way, you’re still surprising your family with an adoption, while giving your family time to search for your perfect furry friend! You’ll also be able to include them during the exciting search process.

But sometimes that PURR-FECT pet comes along, and you just can’t let go of him or her. If your home has resident pets, follow our pet tips below for a seamless introduction:


1. Introduce dogs in a neutral environment.

Dogs should be introduced in a neutral environment. Seattle Humane requires all dogs meet prior to introduction. But before bringing home your new family member, be sure to let the dogs meet again in a park.

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Leash both the dogs and introduce them in a calm area. Have one person handle one dog each. Make sure to keep walking until your dog’s body language is calm and relaxed. Keep leashes loose as tense leash can make your pet anxious.

Once the dogs are showing curiosity about each other, allow them some sniffing time. Treat good behavior in both dogs promptly. If the dogs lash out at each other, pull them away and resume walking.

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Typically, dogs will become at ease with each other after a good walk. But sometimes when taking them home, resident dogs may exhibit territorial behavior. Do not punish dogs for being aggressive. Remember that the introduction process is highly variable with each dog. Be patient and remain positive.


2. Introduce cats to resident pets by scent.

Cats should be introduced to resident pets by scent. Confine resident pets in one room and allow the new kitty to sniff around the house. Once kitty is adjusted to the new smells, confine him/her in a room of his/her own. See the picture below for room inspirations! Then allow resident pets to sniff out the house.

Once a day, rotate the pets. Confine and allow resident pets to explore kitty’s room. While resident pets are sleuthing, allow kitty to smell out the rest of the house.

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This process should take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the pets’ personalities.

Resist the urge to throw the pets in one room to “work it out.” This ironically almost never works out and instead reinforces unwanted behavior. Also, never confine a cat in a crate while allowing resident pets to sniff around the crate.


3. Create positive associations with their scent.

To encourage a good relationship between pets, make sure to give them plenty of treats for good behavior. Do not yell, scold, and spank if they lash out on each other. This will make them associate each other’s presence with fear and anger. Instead, pull them away from each other and give them their needed space. Try again later, and promptly reward any good behavior.

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For kitties, feed new cats in their allotted room. And feed resident pets outside the kitty’s door. Once they seem comfortable, you may put kitty’s bowl on one side of the door, and resident pets’ food on the other side.


4. Allow sneak peeks.

For kitties and resident pets, once they’re comfortable with each other, allow sneak peeks. You may carry kitty and allow them to see each other. Reward good behavior. Moderate hissing is normal. But if fearful behavior comes out, put kitty back in the room. Try again the next day, and reward good behavior.

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Another good method is using a baby gate and keeping kitty on one side, and resident pets on the other. This allows them to get full view and interactions, while still providing a safe barrier.


5. Exercise the dogs regularly.

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If the dogs are tired out from exercise and play, a seamless home transition is more likely. Cooped up dogs are more likely to lash out from frustration.


6. Do not leave pets unattended.

Even though your pets might look like they get along, do not leave them unattended for a few months. You never know how pets will interact once you leave.

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Instead, continue to confine your new pet in their own space, while leaving resident pets in their usual set up.


7. Be patient and get your family on board.

Introducing pets to each other is a long process that requires lots of individual and team effort. Do not be discouraged if your pets need some time to get used to each other.

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Just keep trying, be gentle, slow down, and be positive. Also be sure to talk to your family to get a game plan on board.

Top 5 Reasons Why Senior Pets are Awesome

Here at Seattle Humane, it’s no secret that our senior pets are hidden gems. Often overlooked by potential adopters, senior furry babies are given the short stick because of misconceptions. But have no fear! We are here to shatter those misconceptions, and spread the word on why senior pets are simply awesome.


1. What You See is What You Get

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There’s no surprises with these guys! Senior pets have had time to settle into their personalities – their likes and dislikes are easily known. Also, senior pets who come into our care have a slew of behavioral tests done, so that you will know every detail of what they’re like and what pet parent would make them happiest. We make it a breeze to find your perfect fit!


2. House Training? What House Training?

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Image Source // Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

Say goodbye to constant midnight potty breaks! Say goodbye to the dreaded non-clumping litter! Most senior dogs and cats come with oh-so-desired house training skills. A word of advice though – if your senior pet starts having accidents at home, don’t stress. It’s simply time for a veterinary visit to ensure there are no underlying issues.


3. They Have Indoor Manners You Can be Proud of

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Image Source // Seattle Humane

Almost all senior pets have history. This means that they’ve lived in a home with other humans before, and understand how to properly behave at home. Most senior dogs know to chew on a bone or rawhide, and to stay clear of your shoes and furniture legs. As for senior cats, they are wise enough to know that scratching posts are much better nail sharpeners than your furniture. Your home (and wallet) are safe when bringing home a senior!


4. No Chill Pills Needed Here!

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Senior pets have no need for chill pills, unlike their younger comrades. By the time cats and dogs turn 6 years old, they will have calmed down significantly from their baby and teen days. This means that they need less exercise and stimulation. But don’t worry – most senior dogs still love a hike and a good game of fetch, while most senior cats still love to play with their cat wands.


5. They Make the Best Pets For Kids

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Image Source // Today.com

Because senior pets have are mostly house trained, well-mannered, and calm, they make excellent companions for kids. Don’t fall for the grumpy old senior stereotype. These young-at-heart furry babies are less likely to jump and overwhelm your kids – most of them will curl up and snuggle with your human babies and you! So if you’re looking for a furry companion, don’t forget to give senior pets a second look.

Double the Fun this Weekend

Did you know that most cats love the company of others? We have a few cats who are bonded pairs here with us at Seattle Humane that we would like to show off – because two is better than one!

Baxter and Oliver
Baxter and Oliver

Meet Baxter and Oliver! These handsome felines are 1-year-old male domestic shorthair kitties who enjoy the company of each other. Playing with stuffed mice and batting at feather toys are among their favorite activities. Oliver is a bit on the shy side, but with the comfort of his brother by his side he’s able to come out of his shell and show his true loving purrsonality in no time. These two are sure to provide you with endless love, snuggles and entertainment. They are currently staying in one of our wonderful foster homes, but it’s easy to set up a time to meet them! Contact our Adoption Team at [email protected].

Learn more about Baxter and Oliver!

LBKC and Iris

Meet LBKC (Little Baby Kitty Cat) and Iris! These two best friends are fast friends and completely inseparable. They are a little wary of new situations but warm up with gentle attention and a little extra patience. LBKC and Iris rely on each other to help them through these new and scary situations. Once they’ve warmed up to you they will gladly accept all of the attention you’re willing to give them. With patience and gentle coaxing they’ll become loving and devoted companions for life! Both of these kitties are currently nestled in at our satellite location at the Petco in Factoria. If you would like to learn more about this dynamic duo, contact our Adoption Team at [email protected].

Learn more about LBKC and Iris!

Best friends who even eat together!
Romeo and Mel, best friends who even eat together!

Meet Mel and Romeo! These best buds are purrfect for each other! Romeo is a little more self-assured and enjoys being a social butterfly with anyone who seems interested. Mel on the other hand is more reserved and needs a little help to bring out his confident side – which Romeo seems to do just fine. They’re both very loving felines who will be sure to make a great addition to your family! Come into Seattle Humane and meet them before they purr their way into another adopter’s heart.

Learn more about Mel and Romeo!

As an added bonus, all of our kittens and cats are two for one this weekend only! Enjoy the companionship of two fabulous felines instead of just one. Come into Seattle Humane and meet your purrfect match today!

Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature

Lizzie with our foster feature Esmeralda!
Lizzie with our foster feature Esmeralda!

Meet Lizzie, a 5th grade student who’s an aspiring writer and cat lover! She offered to write descriptions of our foster cats to help showcase our loving felines who aren’t seen on campus.  Esmeralda is a 5-year-old torbie who’s currently staying with our wonderful volunteer foster parents, Michael and Tammy. They’ve been taking care of her since August, and recently helped her recover from a radioactive iodine treatment. Esmeralda was surrendered by her owners when they could no longer care for her. Once admitted to the shelter, our vet department diagnosed her with hyperthyroidism, which is the most common glandular disorder in cats. This disorder is most frequently caused by an excessive amount of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream and can cause excessive thirst, weight loss, and excessive stress to vital organs

Esmeralda received radioactive iodine therapy to cure her disorder, which is known as the safest and most effective treatment option for hyperthyroidism. During her two-week isolation period, she spent time recovering in her foster parent’s care. She’s now doing well thanks to her foster parents, our vet department and of course, all the help from the community’s generous donations to obtain the special treatment she needed.

Esmeralda is currently staying in one of our lovely foster care homes. If you would like to learn more about Esmeralda, or would like to set up a time to meet her, you can contact our adoption team at [email protected] or (425) 649-7563.




Esmeralda was adopted in December 2014!


Hi, I’m Esmeralda! I’m a 5-year-old torbie (that’s tortoiseshell/ tabby) who’s looking for a loving home! I am very friendly and love snuggling with everyone and everything especially blankets. I also love to play hide-and-seek with my foster parents, Michael and Tammy. I burrow under the covers and wait for them to find me. I am what humans would call a “lap cat” and would prefer a quiet home with gentle, caring owners who will love me and give me cuddles and scratches. I was brought to the Seattle Humane Society and their vet team diagnosed me with hyperthyroidism. Thanks to generous animal lovers like you, I received radioactive iodine treatment. Not the best experience of my life, but it worked! So now I am ready to be adopted and I need no further medication or treatment. (For the sports-loving families, I also LOVE the Seahawks. Go Hawks!!!!!) If I sound like the purrfect companion for life, contact the adoption team at [email protected]. You will be glad you did!


FIV – Fact & Fiction

Eddie is a 5-year-old FIV+ kitty who's just as sweet as can be. He loves under-the-chin scratches and snuggles. Learn more!
Eddie is a 5-year-old FIV+ kitty who’s just as sweet as can be. He loves chin scratches and snuggles. Learn more!

What is FIV?
The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow-developing virus that weakens the feline immune system. It’s estimated that 3 percent of cats nationwide are infected with FIV; mostly unaltered males due to their tendency to roam and fight while looking for a mate.

How is it transmitted?
FIV is spread between cats through blood transfusions, deep bite wounds, and less commonly, through intercourse or an infected mother’s milk to nursing kittens. Sharing a litter box, sleeping area, toys, water bowl or other items will NOT transmit FIV between cats.

Can humans or other pets get FIV?
No, FIV is a feline-specific disease. Although FIV is similar to HIV in the way the virus works, it cannot be spread to any other species.

This chubby-cheeked boy is Nicholas, a 4-year-old black and white kitty. Adopt Nicholas!
This chubby-cheeked boy is Nicholas, a 4-year-old black and white kitty. Adopt Nicholas!

How will FIV affect a cat’s life expectancy?
Most FIV cats can live long, healthy and happy lives just like any other cherished feline. Due to a weakened immune system, they are more susceptible to secondary infections so it’s important that they be indoor only companions and fed a nutritionally balanced diet (raw food diets are not recommended).

Is it more expensive to care for a FIV+ cat?
If your cat is kept indoors and healthy, it’s not likely that they will require more veterinary care than a non-infected cat. They will need bi-annual wellness exams, up-to-date vaccinations, and protection against common parasites like fleas and worms, which is not unlike other pets.

Simon, an 8-year-old tabby kitty, has big green eyes and a love of lounging. Learn more!
Simon, an 8-year-old tabby kitty, has big green eyes and a love of lounging. Meet Simon today!

How can FIV be prevented?
The best mode of protection against FIV is keeping your cat indoor only and having them spayed or neutered.

There is a vaccine for FIV, but its efficacy is somewhat controversial. The vaccine will also cause a cat to test positive for FIV because of the antibodies present. Preventing exposure is still the best way to protect your cat from the virus, but you should discuss the pros and cons of the vaccine with your veterinarian.

This 5-year-old lover boy is Shamrock and he can't wait to purr his way into your heart! Learn more about Shamrock.
He’s a 5-year-old lover boy named Shamrock and he can’t wait to purr his way into your heart! Learn more about him.

At Seattle Humane, we know FIV+ kitties are just as sociable and capable of love as any other cat. We encourage you to adopt a FIV+ cat – or better yet, a pair of feline friends! Eddie, Nicholas, Gretchen and Shamrock are just a few of the cats available for adoption. Meet them in person at our shelter in Bellevue – we’re open every day at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Sun.-Wed. and 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat.

Still have questions? Our Adoption Advisors would love to chat with you about caring for a FIV+ kitty. Come see us!