Let's face it; it can be a dog eat dog world out there. And when you have a pet that doesn't get along well with others, it could mean double the trouble!
Pets have personalities just like humans. Some are free-spirited, while others are grumpy. This can be a disaster when two incompatible pets get together. The fur can hit the fan in less than 2.5 seconds. One of the pets could become seriously injured.
What do you do when your dog doesn’t get along with the cat? How about a new kitten and your daughter’s cat? Pet safety is important and it is the key to keeping pets happy and healthy.
How to End the Battle Between Pets
Introduce a new pet slowly.
If you’re bringing a new pet into the family, introduce the ‘new’ pet slowly. For example, if you get a new puppy, but already have family dog, you don’t want to keep both puppy and the family dog in the same room. Keep them separate and introduce them once or twice a day or a few times a week. This will prevent your older dog from feeling threatened and it won’t be inclined to attack the puppy.
Give each pet equal amounts of love.
Yes, pets can become jealous of one another just like humans. Make sure you spend quality time with all of your pets. Show them love and affection and you can avoid the claws or paws coming out.
Break up a fight!
If you see your pets engaging in a dog and or cat fight, break it up immediately. Assess the damage and get your pet(s) medical attention.
To keep pets safe, don’t rush bringing a new pet into the family.
Think about it for a few days and then decide if getting a new pet is the best decision for the entire family, including the pets you already have. If you already have a dog and would like to adopt another one, visit your local shelter and bring your dog with you. Most shelters welcome dog introductions to see if dogs are compatible.
Keeping pets safe is the best way to keep them happy and healthy.
Amandah T. Blackwell, Freelance Writer, Savvy-Writer
About the Author: Amandah Tayler Blackwell, your “Savvy-Writer,” is an adventurous freelance writer, ghost writer, and creative writer for markets such as publishing, travel, the arts & entertainment, magazine, real estate, personal and professional development, and pets. She’s an avid blogger and collaborator on book projects and screenplays in addition to writing her own material.