Having a big pet family is lots of fun for the humans in the household. It can also be fun for the pets, if you know how to foster healthy relationships between them. If you decide to expand your pet family and add new members, of the same or differing species, your veterinarian can be a great source of information on ways to smooth over conflict. These tips will also help.
Think About Your Pets’ Personalities
It may be tempting to believe information about different breeds of cats and dogs and how they react to each other. However, every animal is different and has his or her own personality, regardless of the general wisdom about his or her breed. If you’re thinking of adding a pet to your household, consider the personalities of your existing pets. Are they shy and territorial, or do they generally like to meet new friends? Are your pets rambunctious, or do they love their rest and relaxation? Finding pets whose personalities match is much more important than considering breeds.
Give Cats Separate Spaces
If you have cats and dogs, even if they get along, it is still important for your cat to have a space to retreat to without being bothered by the dog. Cats crave spaces of their own when they need a break from the activity of the home. The space can be high up, since cats are good at climbing, so feel free to set up a cat bed and some toys on a high shelf that only your cat can get to.
Avoid Free Feeding
Chances are that some of your pets will gobble up any food you put in front of them while others are a little pickier. Free feeding increases the chances that some of your pets will get multiple meals while pickier eaters go hungry. Set up feeding times and separate feeding spaces, so everyone gets the right amount of food.
For all the care that your pet family needs, choose Horizon Animal Hospital. Our veterinarians provide preventative and acute care for pets of all ages. Call our animal clinic in Scottsdale today at (480) 800-4559.