If you have summer guests staying in your home, you want to make sure both your pets and your visitors are comfortable.
Your caged pets, such as hamsters or lizards, shouldn’t be a problem for your guests since they will most likely be out of sight and out of mind. Instead, we'll focus on cats and dogs. When your cats or dogs enjoy your guests, your guests will enjoy them too.
With that said, here are 5 tips to prepare your pets for summer guests.
1. Give your cat space
When a new person comes over, your cat’s instinct is to hide. For goodness sake, let them. Trying to pry your kitty out of hiding will only make everyone miserable in the process. Let them come out when they’re ready.
2. Let your visitor and cat “meet”
When two of your friends meet for the first time, you probably act as a kind of moderator, slipping in topics of conversation you know they’ll both enjoy.
The same goes for your cat and your guest: Give your guest a toy you know your cat likes and make it easier for your cat to get used to your guest. This will ensure that your guest will like your cat too.
3. DON’T let your visitors’ pets meet your cat
Cats are very territorial and hard to please when it comes to other animals. Over a semi-long period of time, a cat can get used to another animal, but it’s not going to happen in the span of a visit.
To minimize stress for your kitty, keep your visitors’ pets away from them. Let your cat know that this home is still theirs and nothing has come to jeopardize that.
4. Let your pup mark his territory
We don’t mean, “Let him pee on the furniture,” just give your dog a home base that he can go to when he’s feeling threatened. He won’t the need to hide like a cat would, most likely, but having the option can remind him that this home is still his.
5. Keep your dog inside
If your dog is being territorial, he may try to bark at your summer visitors, and your first instinct may be to put him outside until he calms down.
This is a mistake.
When dogs are in a state of panic, feeling as if their place in the home has been threatened, they may try to run away or bark even more. Keep him inside until he calms down, and then he and your visitors can get properly acquainted.
How do you prep your pets for house guests? We'd love to hear from you!