Exerpt: You’re welcoming a new four-legged friend in your family, but you’re not sure how your first pet will react. Here is our advice to make sure everything goes smoothly.
A new pet in your home: how do you deal with jealousy?
Kitty or doggy is jealous? Yes! Just like us humans, pets can get jealous when a new member is introduced into the family and gets the attention… How can you make sure your pets get along?
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Jealousy is normal!
For your cat or dog, you’re the center of the universe! Pets are loyal and attached to their habits. They also know how to express discontent when they feel neglected: fooling around and destroying things around the house, leaving you with memorable damages…
It may be complicated to give enough attention to both.
Animal jealousy is not to be taken lightly. For a cat or a dog, this kind of behavior is a sign of intense stress. Your companion is sensing a potential loss of affection and is trying to protect itself. A jealous behaviour is often coupled with other signs of uneasiness: appetite change, undue barking or mewing, violent scratching… Be prepared! Your first pet might find it disturbing to share its space with a new pet.
Recognize signs of jealousy
Animal have various ways of expressing jealousy; but in the end, it’s all a question of getting what matters the most: your attention.
– Aggressiveness: it can be directed to you or to the new pet. It’s the most ordinary expression of their discomfort.
– Indifference: “let’s just act as if nothing had changed”! Your pet does not show any interest for its new friend and ignores you ostensibly. It is a way to draw your attention.
– Agitation: messing around, getting the house dirty, being noisier than usual… To the point where you don’t recognize your companion? Don’t worry, everything’s normal!
– Sometimes, jealous pets tend to run away more, for variable periods of time.
Manage a jealous animal
It’s not easy to put your pet’s mind at ease when a new companion comes into your home!
You may think that it’s even more difficult when they’re from different species. Well, it’s not! Contrary to popular belief, cats and dogs get along quite well in most cases. It can be hard to believe, since cats and dogs don’t have a lot in common, except you!
Things are actually different with two animals from the same species. Cats have a very particular way to settle a conflict: you will probably not witness it, but one of the two cats will start dominating the other. Dogs are less subtil: they might start an open conflict and put you in the middle of the scrum! Avoid those situations by granting an even time to both pets, and by encouraging pacific contacts between the two: group cuddling, game sessions, walks… And congratulate them when they get along!
However, if you really have trouble getting the chemistry to work between them, get in touch with a pet behaviorist, he/she might be able to solve your problems.
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