Welcoming your new pet
How you introduce your pet to his new home can be important in acclimating him properly so he feels secure and adjusted as quickly as possible.
First and foremost, please be sure your pet sees a veterinarian within the first five days. It is important to have him fully examined, establish his baseline health profile, and create a vaccination and check-up schedule.
During the first few days at home, it’s best to keep other pets and children away from the new pet. Besides allowing him quiet and solitude at a stressful time, this method will provide time to make sure that the new pet is healthy before introducing him to current pets. If you allow the new pet to seek you out when he is ready for your company, your relationship will begin on a solid footing.
We recommend keeping your new cat closed off in a single room for the first week. Cats can be overwhelmed easily, and having the run of a larger apartment or house can be too frightening for a new pet. Also, when the cat is confined, you will be able to make sure his litter training is complete before he has access to the rest of the home.
Consistent schedules and discipline should be a part of your pet’s life. Teach him his name, where he is to sleep, and other appropriate guidelines for behavior. Begin feedings on a regular schedule (ask your vet for guidance on food type, amount and frequency) so the security of a routine will become quickly established. For a dog, regular mealtimes are especially important, since you will need to initiate a corresponding timetable for walks.
Expect your new friend to make mistakes, especially at first. Never punish him after calling him to you, and never strike him for any reason. Consistency, patience and rewards for good behavior are the main elements in any successful training program.
All pets can get fleas and ticks, so learn how to protect your pet and your home from these pests. Check with your veterinarian for the best options.
Enjoy your new pet, and please stay in touch with MCHS! We love to receive updates and photos.