You and your partner have decided to take the next step by moving in together. Congratulations! But what about the pets? Combining households can be tricky, especially for pets who aren’t sure of their new surroundings or their new playmates. Here are some quick tips that may help. And remember that pets should be up to date on their vaccinations before meeting other animals.
Dogs Meeting Dogs
It’s ideal if the pets can meet each other before moving day. This allows them some time to get accustomed to the change and get used to each other’s smell. If you and your partner both have dogs, then plan to take a walk together in neutral territory. For the first few encounters, stick with leashed walks. If all goes well, you can progress to unleashed play dates in an enclosed area. Keep food and toys out of the area, as these items may lead to rivalries. Try to end each session on a positive note.
Dogs Meeting Cats
A cross-species relationship can be difficult. Well ahead of the move, give your partner something that smells like your pet, and vice versa. Introduce the items to the pets so that they can get acquainted with the smell before meeting the other animal. Then, cautiously bring the leashed dog into the cat’s home. Don’t force them to interact, and always make sure the cat has somewhere to escape to. Repeat this until they seem to accept each other’s presence.
Cats Meeting Cats
Since cats don’t like to travel, you and your partner’s cats might not meet each other until the day of the move. Prepare by designating an enclosed room as the new cat’s territory. Put a cat bed, food, water, and the litter box in there, and keep the new cat enclosed in the room for the time being. The new cat can adjust to the different surroundings and smells before meeting the resident cat.
Does your pet need a checkup or vaccinations before moving in with other animals? Schedule an appointment at Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale by calling (480) 800-4559. Our friendly veterinarians treat every animal like family.