Once you know that your house is safe, the next step is introducing your pets to each other. While they are both relatively docile, dogs and cats may have different reactions to one another. The best way to prepare for a new pet is to introduce them slowly. Place your dog in a room with a tall baby gate. Do not allow your dog to access the cat’s room. If possible, leave your dog alone in the home while you are away from the home.
In addition to limiting the number of treats you give your pet, you should also limit the number of foods that are high in fat and sugar. Avoid giving your pet a spicy treat – even if it is just a few drops. Certain foods can even be dangerous for your pet. Avocado, bread dough, macadamia nuts, and bread are all known to be harmful to pets. You can find out which foods are safe for your pet by checking the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ lists.
When it comes to vegetables, try to limit the amount of raw meat that your pet eats. Aside from beef and chicken, dogs should not eat too much raw potato, which is difficult to digest. However, sweet potatoes, a flowering plant, are a great source of vitamin A. In addition to vegetables, fruits and grains are safe for your pet but too much can upset its stomach or lead to diarrhea. Organic apple cider vinegar can also be added to your dog’s drinking water to aid digestion.