For any person considering pet parenting, there is a great deal to think about. The most important aspect that should be remembered before, during and after acquiring a furry household member is that it is not a temporary scenario – pet ownership is for the life of the animal. No matter what some may believe, it is downright hurtful mentally and emotionally for an animal to get displaced after they have been in a certain household for any length of time.
Another consideration is if you already have a current cat or dog already living with you. You will want to make arrangements that will best behoove everyone involved so as to make the change as peaceable as possible.
There are certainly methods to successfully adding another family member but it will certainly take time and consideration – and patience! Several individuals have reigned in to how to successfully add a cat to your household.
It is much easier to start a canine-feline relationship when both animals are small, but if this is not possible, there are still ways to create an efficacious environment in the confines of your home. Typically you would want to find likely personality matches so that one animal did not rule harshly over the other. Having a cat already in the household and then adding a second cat (or a dog) can work, too, since the cat will simply be in charge. It works best if the new additions are younger.
So what happens if you have an existing canine and you add an older feline to the mix? Can this or will this work out? It is hard to tell but speaking from experience, it is best to keep the two separate or personalities can collide. If that is possible, it can certainly work and work quite well. The thing you do not want to happen is to have the dog interested in the contents of the litter box or with the cat’s food.
A cat likes to rule its own domain. It will not appreciate outside influence – especially from a dog, but even from a kitten. You will certainly want to watch to make certain that no fur flies until everyone gets situated.
Some cats will fit in just fine if they are of the sociable variety. Keep in mind that if your cat is outgoing, confident and non-aggressive, they will most likely fit into your household quite well. If they are the opposite, then you may have more issues to deal with.
It has actually been proven that an indoor-outdoor cat will have more adjustments to make than a cat that will be strictly an indoor cat typically because they have had previous experiences with aggression from other animals at some point in their outdoor adventures. Cats will naturally protect themselves. If you do have other pets first, watch their eyes because it is a natural instinct for a cat to swipe at another animal’s eyes.
If this should happen, try and retry until the animals can get along. There is always a possibility that one of the animals will refuse to budge on sharing the household issue so if you can set up a meeting in your home prior to the adoption, this is much wiser.
Of course there will always be unpredictable, but included above are several different considerations a family must consider before bringing a cat, young or old, into their household. Please take these considerations to mind before making the commitment to adopt the cat as a life is nothing to be toyed with!