The key to helping your new pet make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and patient. You will need to pet-proof your home and gather the necessary supplies, but you’ll also need to think about how to acclimate your new family member. You will want them feeling comfortable from the moment his paws walk through your front door. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.
Prepare your home.
Prepare the things your pet will need in advance so they will feel welcome and comfortable the minute they get home. You’ll need a collar, leash, food and water bowls, food, treats, a bed, and of course, some toys. Also take the time to pet-proof your home, especially if you have a puppy or kitten. Put things away you don’t want chewed on, lock up anything toxic, and install baby gates to keep them from wandering.
Establish the rules with family.
Work out your regimen in advance among the human members of your household. Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will the feed cat? Will they be allowed on the couch, or won’t he? Where will the bed be kept? Are there any rooms in the house that are off-limits? It’s important these rules are laid out before your new pet arrives so there is no confusion from the very beginning.
When you pick your pet up, everyone must remain calm. It can be tempting to greet the new family member with excitement, but it’s important not to overwhelm your new family member. According to Cesar Milan, accept the pet into your space, but do not give more than a minimum of attention or affection yet. You’re about to remove an animal from the place that’s become home and take it somewhere entirely new. So remember to remain calm and give your pet some space to adjust.
Get your pet acclimated to the neighborhood.
If you are bringing home a dog, keep him or her on the leash, because you will need to go on a long walk through the new neighborhood. This will help drain excess energy and allow time to decompress, it will also get him used to all the new smells, sights, and sounds.
Introduce your home.
Once inside, take your new pet from room to room. Do not let the pet sniff or wander around, if you have a dog keep it on a leash or carry your cat. Give the pet a few minutes in each room before moving on to the next. If you have a backyard, patio, or other outside area, treat it the same way.
Trust their instincts.
Don’t worry if your pet doesn’t want to eat the first few days, this is normal. Try to feed the same food he was eating in his foster home or shelter, to alleviate potential stomach issues. You can wean him to a new food eventually, but keep things simple for the first week. However, make sure he is drinking water; you don’t want him to get dehydrated.
Schedule a checkup.
Schedule a first visit to the veterinarian during the first week. Bring all medical and vaccine records you may have. This first visit is a great time to get clues about your pet’s personality and history, so don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Also, have your pet microchipped right away, so you can be reunited if you ever get separated. True love is hard to replace!
If you’re looking for a fur-ever doctor for your new family member, contact the experts at College Road Animal Hospital right away and receive 50% off your pet’s Wellness Plan setup fee during January.