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So last week I went to see The Secret Life of Pets and it is FABULOUS!!
Focused around dog Max who finds his life turned upside down on the arrival of a new pooch in the household, the film is described by the Daily Mail as having “won the hearts of audiences young and old… and set a new box office record in the process”. According to the article, it achieved the biggest opening weekend revenue ever for an original animated film – pretty impressive!
The film really is a must-see for any pet owner as it presents the world as your furry companions sees it – with some hilarious encounters along the way. For those of you who haven’t seen it you can watch the trailer here 🙂
But as the central story revolves around the introduction of a new family pet, I thought it a purrfect opportunity to offer some hints and tips that may help anyone wishing to add to their fur-family.
Now there is obviously a number of possibilities here – introducing a new dog to another dog, a new cat to another cat or indeed attempting to overcome the widely acknowledged differences between cats and dogs! Whatever your pet, you want to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for both your new family member and your established companion…
The Blue Cross offers some fab advice for introducing new cats stating “it always helps to be well prepared and you’ll want to give the introduction process quite a lot of thought beforehand to ensure that is goes as smoothly as possible”. They suggest a slow introduction which begins with the cats being designated separate areas of the house so they first become used to the new smells before any physical introduction is encouraged. Read all about ‘initial introductions’, ‘the importance of scent’ and ‘maintaining the peace’ in their article.
Scent is also an important element of a healthy introduction between dogs, according to PetMD online. Their advice suggests that as dogs rely on their sense of smell to introduce themselves to new surroundings, your home must be set up in such a way that visual contact is initially avoided. Learn more here…
Finally, should you have a mix of pets and are keen to introduce cats to dogs, I turn your attention back to the Blue Ceros for some further fab advice. They comment that “although dogs and cats are often portrayed as enemies, if introduced carefully, they can actually get on extremely well”. This is what we all want so be sure to read up extensively in advance in order to set yourself up to have the happiest of families 🙂
And remember, if you are still unsure, feel free to talk to one of the easipetcare team – their wealth of knowledge AND experience means they will almost certainly have some hints and tips to offer!
With warm wishes,