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Introducing a New Small Pet to Your Family

Introducing a new small pet to your family is a really exciting for your family, but can be a little unnerving for your pet.

Preparing the family

Introducing a new small pet to your family is extremely exciting! For the family that is. Pet’s get a little overwhelmed when they’re removed from their place of origin and placed in a new home. To help your pet adjust, you need to first prepare your family for the pet’s arrival.

Before introducing a new small pet to your family, lay down some rules and guidelines. Make a list of when the pet’s cage will need to be cleaned, when the pet will need to be fed and watered and when the pet will need to play. Then, sit down with your family and decide who does what. This outline will be beneficial to your pet’s long term care. We all know how excited kids can get when they know they’re about to get a new pet. They promise to fed it, water it and clean up its droppings. Unfortunately, once the novelty wears off, kids have a tendency to forget these promises. So, tie them down while they’re still excited. This will ensure that your pet gets continued care.

Preparing for the pet

When introducing a small new pet to your family, you’re going to want to minimize the stress on the animal. As mentioned before, animals feel uneasy when they’re taken from their home and placed in a new home. Remember that at least initially, your house is going to be a foreign place to your pet. When pets aren’t familiar with their surroundings, they feel scared and stressed out. To minimize these feelings, have your pet’s environment ready so you can immediately place your pet in his home when he gets to your house. Leaving a pet in a cardboard box or other carrying box while you set up its living space will do anything but put your pet at ease.

The introduction

Naturally when you’re in the midst of introducing your new small pet to your family, your family’s going to want to play with the pet. However, you’re going to need to resist this urge. For the first day or so it’s better to leave your pet in its cage. This allows your pet to get used to his surroundings. After he’s accustomed to his cage, you can allow your family to play with him. Just remember not to over stimulate the pet. Over stimulated pets get cranky and may bite. Following these guidelines will make introducing a new small pet to your family a pleasurable experience.

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