There are basic steps to take when introducing a new pet into the family. Milwaukeeans share their homes with a variety of animals. Many families have dogs and cats, others have birds and fish no matter what the species introductions are necessary because of the basic social hierarchy we share.
Humans are the alpha animal we head the pack, the herd, the group no matter what the term. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to be sure to introduce the new animal into the home correctly as not to upset the existing family, the new arrival and to keep the human from harm.
There are many factors to consider age, sex, temperament are just of few. Think of the family make-up small children, old dog, bird, cat no matter the members, think of the new animal you will be bring home and how you would feel entering a strange place.
Whether a cat or a dog add a younger animal into the household. If your pet is male it would be advisable to bring another male that has been neutered. Altered animals are more docile and will adjust easier to a new environment.
Always keep the animals separated for at least a few hours but more is recommended. They could be crated facing each other so they can not only smell but see their new family member. Once they are calm and seem comfortable then take each animal out one at a time and leashed. It is not advisable to hold the animal because nervous and excited animals could bite. This is a slow process and should be done in a calm and relaxed surrounding.
Milwaukee pet owners that are considering a new pet into a multi-pet home should be sure to do the research before making the decision. Once the decision is made take it slow and relaxed.