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Pets as Gifts

Karen Mounts

Oh, it is sooo wonderful to get a new puppy or kitten as a gift; especially for Christmas or Birthdays!! Something you and the family can hold and cuddle and love! Oooh, such a good feeling!

But wait; has anyone stopped to think of the Holidays from your pets point of view?? Yes they will love all the affection, attention and treats; eventually. Please remember when you get your new family member to introduce them slowly. They have more than likely just been taken away from their mom and littermates. They are away from the normal smells and sounds that used to comfort them. They will not understand our hussle and bussel ways of Christmas and new Years, etc.

The best way to introduce a new Holiday pet is to take your time. Give them a place to call their own. A place to sleep quietly. A place where they can observe all the new sounds and smells on their own terms. Let them take the first step. Make your introduction when it’s just the family – a quiet time. If you rush upon your pet and overpower them it may cause a permanent mark on them regarding temperament and personality. Your new companions are at a very impressionable age.

Love them; be patient. You will be glad you did.