New adopters are sometimes unsure about how to best introduce a new cat into a household with an existing cat or dog. Sometimes there can be friction with a current pet who may be upset by the presence and smell of a new cat.
Most important is to give plenty of attention to the pet who has lived in your home, and take things slow with introducing the new cat.
Here are some step-by-step tips.
From the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals:
Having your pet microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet’s chances of getting home if he or she is lost or stolen and winds up at an animal shelter or veterinary office.
Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying your dog or cat.
Make sure your pets can find their way home…microchip them!
A tiny capsule about the size of a grain of rice is injected under the loose skin on the back of your pet’s neck. The procedure provides no more discomfort than a vaccination.
Register the chip. This is extremely important! If your vet does not submit the paperwork for you, make sure YOU complete the form and mail it to the company. And even if your vet submits the paperwork for you, it’s a good idea to follow up with the company to make sure the chip was registered correctly. (If you have your dog or cat microchipped at a Mayor’s Alliance low-cost microchipping clinic, the Mayor’s Alliance will submit the paperwork for you.)
If your dog or cat becomes lost and turns up at a shelter or vet’s office, a scanner can be used to read the digital number on the chip. A phone call to the microchip company to which you registered the microchip provides the shelter or vet with your contact information, and you can be contacted to retrieve your pet.
The Mayor’s Alliance holds low-cost microchipping clinics at events throughout the year where you can have your dog(s) or cat(s) microchipped for only $25 each. Visit The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.
If you’d like to host a microchipping clinic in your neighborhood, please contact info@AnimalAllianceNYC.org.
You can also ask your veterinarian or local animal shelter for advice about microchipping and prices.
By spaying and neutering your pet, you can help stop overpopulation and help your pet live a longer and healthier life.
In NYC shelters alone approximately 5,000 dogs and cats are killed simply because there are not enough homes to account for the overwhelming number of pets in need.
You can confirm with your vet or spay/neuter provider that this is the right time to spay or neuter your pet. Help reduce shelter overcrowding!
$5 spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccination, nail trim, e-collar, and microchip on a mobile clinic in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance, and $125 per animal if you are not on public assistance.
For information on spay/neuter clinics, visit ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).
Free and honor system spay/neuter at a mobile clinic in all five boroughs. For information and clinic dates/locations, please visit The Toby Project or call (212) 799-1120.