When you know you’re ready to take on a new pet, you can be both excited and nervous about the new addition to your family. If you have small children, they may be incredibly anxious about having a pet. You may be nervous about the animal’s behavior as well as your child’s response. So how can you prepare for the arrival of your new pet?
There are many animals in shelters across the country that are desperate for a loving forever home. These are a great source for finding a perfect pet too. But that doesn’t mean it will be an easy transition for them. When you go through the adoption process, you will be told how long your new pet has been looking for a home. They may also share with you other details about the animal’s history.
Any new place is going to be overwhelming for your pet, especially after a prolonged period at a shelter. It’s important the environment is calm, quiet and relaxed. Try not to have too many items in the room, and keep the rest of the family out of the way at first. A nervous pet can become defensive. Both cats and dogs can start growling and lashing out. This doesn’t mean they are a threat or that they are violent. They’re just frightened. But you can help them feel calmer.
Quiet words and a gentle approach will help a nervous pet feel less threatened by their new surroundings. Bring them food and water in their new bowl. Let them see that you were the one to bring the food, and then move to the other side of the room. They may not come out for feeding for a while, but eventually, their hunger will get the better of them.
You can also try special supplements and treatments to help a nervous pet feel calmer. This is helpful for households that are going through changes like renovation work or new babies. Products such as Zylkene are natural remedies that can be easily administered. They work to help relax your pet so you can get on with your life without upsetting them.
Once your new pet has taken their food, it’s time to try and be friends. Start with one person at a time. Sit still and calm, and invite your new pet to sit with you. Gentle strokes can help them feel more relaxed. Over the next few hours, gradually introduce all the people that live there. You can show your pet to his new bed and where his feeding station is situated. Dogs can also explore the enclosed garden. Cats should stay in for a few weeks and use the litter box.
Getting to know your new ‘rescue’ pet can be a challenge at first. Every animal is looking for love so try to show that is your intention from the start. Try not to punish your pet for doing things you don’t approve of straight away. They don’t know your house rules just yet. Show them the correct behavior as situations crop up. Most importantly, enjoy your new pet.