Introducing Your Companion To Other
a new animal into your home requires time, effort
and patience! You may experience some frustrations.
Every animal needs time to adjust to new surroundings.
This is especially true when bringing a new dog
or cat into a home which is already inhabited by
Here are some tips
that will help you make the transition as smooth
and painless as possible for everyone:
- Expect the
transition to take some time and be prepared to
- Be patient
with both animals. Don't be surprised if your first
animal forgets her manners or housetraining, or
begins to act strangely.
- Give your first
animal lots of love to assure her that she isn't
- Introduce the
animals gradually, preferably on neutral territory
where neither has been before. This will give your
first animal an opportunity to meet your new animal
without feeling that her territory is being threatened.
- The introduction
process may take several days or more - if you must
leave your animals alone, be sure they are in separate
areas and are unable to reach each other.
- Once it seems
safe for the animals to be together, they will begin
sorting out their relationship. One animal will
be dominant. Dominance struggles tend to be more
pronounced, or visible to you, with dogs than cats.
Some fighting may occur, but most situations can
be worked out by threat displays that stop short
of any serious physical harm being done. This is
especially true of animals of the same species.
- Be sure each
animal has its own food bowl, water bowl, bed, toys,
litterboxes, etc., to minimize the temptation to
fight. Continue to reassure your first animal that
you love her, even after she has learned to accept/tolerate
your new animal.
ADVISORY: Although we do our best to isolate
and treat infected animals, we cannot guarantee
health of the animal(s) you adopted. Due to disease
incubation periods, please keep your new animal
separate from any other animals, including those
of friends, families or acquaintances, for the first
two weeks after adoption.
With regard to the
advisory, we recommend that you:
- Schedule a
FREE health exam for your new animal within the
first five days after adoption.
(A certificate is included in every adoption packet.)
- Ensure your
other animal(s) are current on their vaccinations
for commonly transmitted diseases prior to introducing
a new animal.
If you would like to
work with a Wisconsin Humane Society behaviorist
one-on-one regarding this behavior topic, please
call 414-431-6173 to schedule a consultation.