Continuing with our theme of bringing new pets into the home, Dr Patrick Mahaney answers the following questions from our Facebook followers on how to do that when there is already a dog or cat in the house:
- Diane: What is the best way to introduce a new cat to the cat(s) already in the house? All at once or gradually?
- Diane: Similarly, how should a puppy/dog be introduced to the cat(s) already in the house? Is there a way to minimize antagonistic behaviour on the part of either animal?
- Laura: If I have a female cat (or dog), should I get a female or male cat or dog companion for the best mix
If you are interested in the product mentioned by Dr Patrick to help keep emotions down when bringing a new pet into a house with a cat, it is Feliway, a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.
For the answers, click on the link below for the audio file.
Do you have any tips and tricks you would share with my readers? I'd love to hear them in the comments.
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Dr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis at Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.
Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) for www.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first
book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2012 through Havenhurst Books.