Pets are fun! Who doesn’t love having a pet to come to? They are proven stress relievers and a great way to teach your kids responsibility. Whether your new found roommate is furry or has feathers, introducing a new pet isn’t always easy to do. Here are some tips to help ease the transition.

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Dogs: You will need to get new supplies for your furry friend. Whether this is your first dog or you already have others, your new pet should have its own water bowl, food dish, bed, etc. Choose a “Mess Area” for your new dog. Your dog will need an area of their own, like a grassy patch or someplace out of the common area. To help them settle in faster, use a blanket that has familiar smells.

Cats: Cats need a calm introduction. For the trip home you will need a cat carrier or closed box with holes. It’s not recommended to let your cat wander the vehicle. It’s just an invitation to an accident in the car. When you get to your home, it is important that you don’t set the cat free in the house. Have a room ready just for temporary housing, usually the smallest room in the house is the best place to start. Give the feline an hour or so to get used to the room and then go in for some cuddles. As they get comfortable, you can slowly expand their area and let them get used to other rooms in the house.

Birds: For our fine feathered friends, setting up the cage is important. Your bird(s) need to feel like they are protected in their new home and a cage is just that; protection. Make sure to choose a location for the bird cage that is beside rooms like the living room or den. This will get them used to the hustle and bustle of your family activities. Make sure not to position the cage to close to the window as the direct sunlight may be to warm. Don’t go crazy with the bird cage toys right away as it may be overwhelming for them.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.