Pet Friendly Newsletter - November, 2005
FEATURED PET QUOTES
"Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic
safety-valve device for dealing with happiness overflow."
"A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his
owner can express with his tongue in hours." (Anonymous)
HOW TO SAFELY INTRODUCE A NEW PET INTO THE HOUSEHOLD
Each pet has its own personality and will react to new
situations differently - including the introduction to
a new home or a new pet. Some pets will merely tolerate
each other. Others will become the very best of friends.
Here are a few tips for introducing a new pet into your
- If you are adopting a dog from a humane society or
pet rescue organization, ask if they will permit you
to bring your own dog in for an introduction. They
will be able to assist and advise on whether they
believe the dogs would be suitable housemates.
- Always supervise your pets until you are confident
that they get along. Until then, separate your pets
by confining at least one of them to its own room
while you are away. Allow them to interact with each
other with your supervision. Some pets will adjust
to each other in mere hours, while others may take
weeks or even months.
- Introduce your pets indoors in controlled situations.
If you are introducing a cat to a dog, do not allow
the dog to chase or corner the cat, even if it's out
of playfulness or curiosity.
- When introducing a cat, do NOT hold the cat in your
arms. A frightened or nervous cat may scratch or bite
in its anxiety to get free.
- Make use of a kennel. For instance, place a pet inside
the kennel and allow both the new and existing pets to
see and sniff one another in their own time. Don't have
a kennel? Place one pet in a room and allow them to
sniff each other from underneath the door.
- Allow your new pet to familiarize itself with its new
home. Temporarily confine existing pets to a room to
give your new pet a chance to feel more comfortable
with its surroundings.
- Be calm, confident, and encouraging. Animals can sense
- Give your pets separate food and water bowls and feed
them in different areas to help prevent any scuffles.
When introducing cats, also provide separate litter
- Be especially careful when introducing dogs or cats to
caged animals. Dogs and cats can live in harmony with
rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc... but introduce them
under strictly controlled supervision. Keep in mind
that cats are very agile, so placing a cage high up
on a shelf doesn't necessarily protect the caged pet.
Don't take any chances - one mistake could be fatal
to your caged pet.
- Give them time. Do not try to force your pets together;
allow them to adjust at their own pace. Give all your
pets time to gain confidence and decide when to face
his or her new housemates.
- Continue to provide all of your pets with plenty of love
THIS ISSUE'S FEATURED PETS
"This is my puppy named Kapsi in her Stampede badanas in Calgary."
- Evon O.
"I really enjoy your e-newsletter and have used
your pet-friendly accommodation listing on my last vacation.
We drove from Gatineau to Newfoundland and took our two special
K-9s along. Here is a picture of Tango (German Shepherd/Lab rescue dog)
and Lady (Black Lab) finally off the ferry and on
"The Rock" having a blast in the ocean. The maritime
and Atlantic provinces are very pet-friendly. The fast
food drive-thru's even offered leftovers to our dogs.
They were really happy.
Thank you for the great site! Keep up the great stories."
- Birgit I. in Gatineau, Quebec