Recently Reunited

Congratulations! It is wonderful news to hear you have been reunited with your pet. Settling them back in can be a daunting but here are some tips to help.

Get your pet checked by a vet

After bringing your pet home, it's crucial to schedule a check-up with your vet. Keep an eye out for any puncture wounds that may have occurred while they were away. These injuries can lead to more significant issues if left untreated.

During the check-up, the vet will inspect your pet for any underlying health problems that may need to be addressed. They may also recommend certain vaccinations or preventative measures to ensure your pet stays healthy. Underlying health problems could be the cause of your pet straying, so it is important keep a close eye on your pets health for the weeks that follow.

Additionally, make sure to monitor your pet's behaviour and eating habits in the first few days after bringing them home. This can help you identify any potential issues early on and address them promptly.

Create a calm and quiet place

It's important to remember that your pet may experience a high level of stress during the first week or so of settling in. To ease the transition, consider setting up a designated room or corner in your home for your furry friend.

This area should be a quiet and comfortable space with a cosy bed, blankets, food and water bowls, toys, and a litter box (if you have a cat). Make sure to spend some time with your pet in this area every day, so they can become familiar with their new surroundings.

Tips for Reintroducing Pets to a Multi-Pet Household
To prevent undue stress and ensure your pet settles in comfortably, it is advised to keep them separated for a few days and slowly reintroduce them.
If your pet is away for a while, they may come back smelling different. To help them adjust, try rubbing their fur with clothes that smell like you or another family member. This will help them pick up your scent quickly and ease their transition.
Consult with your vet if your pet is having difficulty adjusting, as medication may be prescribed to help both animals calm down and make the transition smoother.

Temporarily keep your pet indoors

When you find your lost pet, it's best to keep them indoors for a little while to get them acclimated to their home environment. This is crucial because allowing them outside too soon can raise the risk of them going missing again. Our recommendation is to keep your pet inside for 2-3 weeks, and then gradually reintroduce them to the outdoors.

When allowing your cat outdoor access again, timing is everything. Consider using their feeding routine to your advantage by letting them out a bit before dinner. This approach will encourage them to return promptly, as they are less likely to wander far from home.