You should always carefully consider the implications and ramifications of deciding to adopt another pet. We all want to help these creatures find a home and live out their days in peace and happiness, but there are certain things we need to consider first, before bringing a new pet into our home, especially if we already have other animals on the premises.
However, you should also keep in mind that granted you give it time, are patient and make some effort to welcome them and accommodate them to their new living environments, your new adopted pets will most like have little to no problem getting comfortable.
A Few Things To Consider Before Adopting Another Dog
You will first need to determine if the space you have can accommodate another dog. Do your pets have enough space as it is? Won’t you be overcrowding the place with a new pet?
This is a moot point if you have a yard, but if you live in an apartment, you may want to focus on small breeds of dogs instead of larger ones.
While the whole cats and dogs relationship is mainly myth, you will need to allow for some time and put in some effort to get the cat comfortable with the dog and the other way around. This will become incrementally harder to do if your pets are older, so there’s also that to keep in mind
Things To Consider Before Adopting Another Cat
Cats are highly territorial and, for the most part, pretty independent otherwise. But that territorial instinct can make getting used to and comfortable around other animals a bit tricky, even if it’s just other cats.
If you’ve decided to bring a newcomer to your home, make sure you don’t force a relationship between the cats. Not only will it not work, but it can also lead to potential accidents, like them getting into a fight.
And at this point, making their accommodation harder and having to pay another veterinary bill would be the last thing you’d want to do. Give them time, allow them to get used to the scent of the other animal before even introducing them and you’ll be well on your way to creating a safe, friendly environment for your cats.
Regardless of what kind of pet you’re looking to adopt, you need to remember that your first run-in with an adopted pet went one way. The second time around, it can go a whole other way.
You won’t know your future’s pet personality until you get it home and it starts to relax and come out of its shell, figuratively speaking. This will take time, just like it did with your first pet, so be patient and give them all the love they deserve. They’ll pay you back with the same dedication and unwavering love.