Dog, rodent, bird… how to adapt your cat to a new animal?

The arrival of a new animal in the house is not always well experienced by the cat. Here are our tips for the best adaptation.

Cats can get along very well with other animals., of the same species or not, but they can also take a dislike to them. The cat remains a territorial animal and the arrival of an intruder in HIS house can be frowned upon. But rest assured, it is quite possible to adopt a new animal and that your cat accepts it. Here are a few tips.

Proper presentations

If the introductions between the newcomer and the cat are made in the rules, there is no reason for things to go wrong. Let them sniff each other and separate them at the first signs of tension. Then keep them in separate rooms for the first few days, while regularly renewing contact. Above all, it is important to continue to pay attention to the cat despite the presence of the new place so that there is no jealousy and that the cat does not feel neglected.

Pay attention to the dog’s instinct

Some dog breeds have very strong hunting instincts and for them cats are only potential prey. With these dogs (often terriers or greyhounds), you have to be very careful and not leave the cat in the same room until you are absolutely sure that it is safe. On the other hand, the biggest of the molossers can take a cat under his thumb and be extremely friendly and protective with him… This is not due to the biggest, the most dangerous.

Like dog and cat, their differences…

Between dogs and cats, there is no not always possible to agree, but the reasons are sometimes very logical. How to understand the relationship between dog and cat when, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, there are so many physical and behavioral differences?

As a general rule, large dogs are more placid, less excited than small ones. But it is difficult to generalize because each animal has a character of its own.

It must also be said that if dogs and cats have so much trouble getting along, it’s because they don’t speak the same language at all. For example, when a dog beats vigorously from the queue, it is to indicate that he is happy or to invite a friend to play. When cats do this, it is to signal their deep annoyance and warn that the scratching is not far away… The dog lies down on his back to mark his submission: he offers his belly to his master’s caresses or declares to an enemy that he abandons the fight. When the cat lies on its back, it is to play in a somewhat tonic way, or to adopt a defensive position during an attack…

But if you adopt a puppy, there’s a better chance that the cat will accept it and that their relationship will evolve in harmony.

The stormy relationship between cat and rodent

Although there are some exceptions, rodents generally do not mix well with cats. It would be almost a provocation to want to impose on them, given their reputation as mouse hunters! The smallest rodents (hamster, gerbil, jerboa, degus, etc.) must be interrupted, as far as possible, because cats equate them too much with prey. Which doesn’t mean that the bigger ones are all to be recommended. The rat is bigger than the mouse, but it looks like it: be careful! The mistrust of the chinchilla and the solitary nature of the Korean squirrel do not predispose them to rub shoulders with a cat. Among the common species, there remains therefore the guinea pig, the dwarf rabbit and the ferret which, although they are sold with rodents, are not rodents. Maybe that’s why they are most willing to live with a cat. The rodent itself may not get used to the cat quite willing to play with it. Out of fear, he will run away from it if he is let loose in the home. In his cage he goes to panic, to run in all directionsdug in, trembling under cover, until his enemy moved away. Intense stress can cause illness or cause cardiac arrest : it is then for his good that it is advisable to separate the animals.

Do cats and birds go well together?

You can consider having caged birds, but you must beware of your cat’s reactions. He is a hunter and whether or not he is used to stalking garden wildlife, he is bound to take a little too close an interest in your feathered companions. It is necessary toinstall the cage or aviary in a separate room, always in height. Your cat will then be able to access it under very high surveillance. Do not let him enter the room while you are feeding the birds or cleaning their cage, because if when opening the door one of the birds came to escape, your cat would certainly try to capture it.

Fish attract cats

For the cat, an aquarium is exciting. The movement of fish irretrievably held the cat. Those are prey it will try to catch kicking the windows. These repeated assaults will stress the fishwhich can produce disease development. So you absolutely must prevent your cat from chasing through the glass. If, despite all your attempts, he watches for the slightest opportunity to reoffend, put the aquarium in a room inaccessible to the predator. Lock your cat in another room when you change the water or maintain your aquarium: he might take the opportunity to, with a swipe, catch a passing fish.

Opt for a closed aquarium (even for a single goldfish), because a fishbowl is far too easy to drop or visit with your paw. Not to mention that a goldfish may jump outside, frightened by the cat. Thus ejected from its vital element, it can die of asphyxiation if it is not reintegrated into the water in time or serve as a snack for the cat. Either way, a goldfish will do better in a larger tank.

Whether fish are in an aquarium or a garden pond, they attract cats just as much. The stretch of water is not a deterrent. The feline is able to wait for hours for a fish to emerge from the depths for the happiness of a kick of its paw in order to project it out of the basin. The only possible precaution is to keep your cat away from the basin during the distribution of the daily meals that supply the fish to the surface.

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