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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.

Get Outside and Exercise!

stay fit and healthyRunning or walking with your dog can keep you motivated to stay on track and get healthy together. Daily exercise sessions can benefit you and furry companion – and you don’t need to spend a ton of money on a gym membership.

Exercise needs vary depending on the breed, age and individual traits of the dog. Check with your dog’s veterinarian before starting an exercise program. Your vet can check your dog for any health issues that may be aggravated by exercise and suggest safe activities.

Increasing your pet’s daily activity will allow them to burn more calories each day. Exercising can be easier to achieve in a dog you can walk and run versus a cat who requires coaxing to move, however, there are many interesting interactive cat toys available to improve activity. A laser-pointer session or wiggling around a shoe string might be a perfect way to get your cat on the move.

Benefits of Exercise

    • Taking your dog for 30-minute walks once or twice a day is a great way to stay healthy. Also, jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great ways to burn excess energy.
    • Sufficient exercise helps reduce or eliminate common behaviors such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity. Dogs need physical and mental stimulation each day.
    • Exercise helps prevent boredom and channels the dog’s energy in a productive and acceptable way.

 

Looking for ways to exercise and help animals in need? We’ve got you covered!

Seattle Humane’s 13th annual Walk for the Animals is coming up on October 18. This year we’ve changed our location to the beautiful and scenic Green Lake, enjoy a 2.8-mile walk around the lake with your furry friend. Register now and start fundraising to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for orphaned pets in our community.

Love to run, bike, or swim AND love animals?

Come learn about Seattle Humane’s Charity Athlete Program, a fun way for animal lovers to raise funds for the pets in our care through participation in any athletic race or personal challenge including the Seattle Marathon (Full and Half) on Nov. 29! By joining the Charity Athlete team you can race knowing you are saving lives in the process. Charity Athletes get exclusive discounts on registration, a sports-performance shirt, T-shirts for your Cheer Squad, Yappy Hour with the team (think Happy Hour but with dogs!), and more! Grab a friend and head to Seattle Humane on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. for an hour-long info session on Charity Athlete and special information on the Full and Half Seattle Marathon.

Please RSVP to [email protected].

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!

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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 Cat Feature

Annabelle was just interrupted from taking her nap -- after this photo, she went right back to her cat nap!
Annabelle was just interrupted from taking her nap — after this photo, she went right back to her cat nap!

Annabelle

By Lizzie Pitts Age 11

Hello there! The name’s Annabelle. I’m a 7-year-old gray tabby that enjoys hanging out, cuddling, and just about anything that involves being with you! In my previous home I wasn’t quite pleased with how my litter box was kept, but thankfully here at Seattle Humane everyone takes great care of me and I don’t mind using one now! It’s so nice to have a clean area to do my business!

I’m not a high maintenance kitty, but I am an FIV+ cat. It doesn’t really change who I am, and I don’t have any special needs – I just might be a little more likely to catch the common cold that goes around.

All the staff and volunteers here think I’m a complete love-bug! I like to be around people and will rule over my domain on a high perch. I enjoy being around people so much that I’m what some might call a social eater – I definitely like to eat when people are in the room.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go on! Email the Adoption Team at [email protected]. I think you’ll find that I’m well worth the trip!

Learn more about Annabelle!

Lizzie and Annabelle!
Lizzie loving on Annabelle from her favorite spot!

Busy Lizzie’s Featured Cat: Tom

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By Lizzie Pitts Age 11

Hello, my name is Tom! I’m a cuddly black and white ball of fluff who will have people fawning over me as if I were a kitten (I’m definitely just as cute as one)! I have been at Seattle Humane for almost a year now and have become the official office cat. When Mesa comes into work first thing, she’s not allowed to check her email or begin work without a good luck pat from me! I can’t wait to be part of a home and family who loves to cuddle and play just as much as I do! You might be thinking I’m a little on the older side, but I still love my peacock feather and glitter ball! Kids don’t scare me either, I would love to have kids around the house too – it’s just more attention for me!

I am a very special cat; I have diabetes that’s well managed through meals at certain times of the day. You don’t have to worry about giving me shots though, all I need is a specific diet to follow – besides that, I’m just a normal cat who loves to play and be loved on!

What are you waiting for? Come see me at Seattle Humane today! I hope to be the first face you wake up to every morning!

Check out my adorable video to see all of my moves!

As an added bonus, Tom’s adoption fee is waived during the month of June — hurry in and see him today!

Lizzie sharing some cuddles with Tom!
Lizzie sharing some cuddles with Tom!