Introducing new pets into your house.

Getting a new pet into a house should not be taken as something that will happen automatically especially if there are other animals within the house.

Introducing cats to cats 

Cats can be very territorial and sometimes it can take a while for them to adjust to having a new furry friend in the house. If the new addition to the family is a planned decision then prepare in the weeks / days before. This could mean introducing a new bed into the house or using something like a plugin feliway spray to neutralise the odors in the house before the new cat arrives.


When the new pet arrives don’t leave existing cat (s) alone with the new cat instead supervise them and keep them in separate rooms when you cannot be there. This may take anything from hours to weeks and sometimes longer. Older cats often take longer to adjust to new crazy kittens coming into their territory whereas younger cats may adjust faster but there is no right answer and it all varies from cat to cat.


Once the new cat arrives be sure to keep routine as normal as you can for the other cat (s). Never ever change food or other routines in the same time. You can use treats to award the cats for their good behavior but don’t let them over indulge or you will end up with fat cats! It can be an idea to switch around beds/ blankets as this will allow them to pick up on eachothers scent. You should also ensure that you have enough litter trays or there may be accidents. It is recommended that you have 1 litter tray per cat + 1 extra. This avoids any accidents and in time you may be able to cut down on the number of trays.

Supervision and the outdoors

New cats should never be left outside unsupervised. There are a lot of new scents and places within the house to explore but left outside along in the initial introduction period and there is a high chance that your cat may wander. One suggestion would be to purchase a harness for your cat/kitten. This way they can go outside supervised and familiarise your cat with the outside before they are left outside alone. Of course you may prefer to keep your cat indoors in this case it would also be a good idea to bring your cat outdoors supervised for fear they happen to escape. At least this way they know where they are.Neutering pets calms them down so in many cases a tom cat may start spraying upon meeting a new arrival but neutering can help with this.


Timing is one of the most important things you should factor in when deciding to get a new cat or dog. Never ever get a pet for a birthday, anniversary, christmas present. Imagine all the hype and excitement during these days. How would you as a person feel landed in a strangers house along with excited people and kids hyped up on sugar. This is the worst time to get a pet it is scary for them and they may act out of character and scratch or bite. How long will it take?  In the end it varies pet to pet and could take hours or years or in the end they may never bond but the aim would be to get them to the stage of tolerating eachother. It isn’t a good idea to separate them over and over anytime they growl or meow this will associate eachother with something distressing. Only consider a second pet if you have the time and patience to help them work through any initial disagreements.

For more information check out advice from the Bluecross HERE

DON’T let your pet get POISONED this Christmas

Only 10 days until ChScreen Shot 2013-12-15 at 15.15.48ristmas and it is that time of year where there are all kinds of new things around for your pet to play with and get their paws into. There are somereal hazards around the house at this time of the year and chances of pets being poisoned is increased. Read below and see a few of the potential poisons you should avoid to keep your pet safe.


Chocolate is a number 1 threat especially for dogs. Most of us have seen people give chocolate to their pooches from time to time and it easy to think that sure the pet is fine and it must all be a myth but it is possible for them become very ill. Christmas is the time of selection boxes and tins of sweets and chocolate can easily be left around.  Death may only occur in 1 out of 1,000 or so case but all dogs are at risk.Small dogs or dogs with a history of diabetes, pancreatitis, orheart problems are typically more sensitive to chocolate than large, healthy dogs.Dark chocolate is about 10 times as toxic as milk chocolate. To understand various levels of chocolate intoxication, here are some simple guidelines (sourced from

  • White chocolate: Not necessarily toxic but high sugar and fat contents can lead to vomiting and other illnesses like pancreatitis.
  • Milk chocolate: Low levels of intoxication.
  • Baking chocolate and dark chocolate: High levels of intoxication


Poinsettias have been rumoured as being t0xic to cats and dogs and they definitely can be resulting in reactions such as conjunctivitis, itching or vomiting. However, while you need to avoid poinsettias there are other plants that you need to be equally careful with for example lillies which may also come in christmas bouquets. Lillies are far more toxic can result in severe kidney damage and even death so keep those pretty plants out of paws reach!


It is hard to resist giving remains of the christmas turkey to your cat or dog but be careful of bones. Chicken and turkey bones can easily splinter and  get caught in pets throat or cause puncture their gut or intentines. The last thing you need is an emergency call to the vet when you should be tucking into your dinner. Believe us it happens all too often!

Grapes and Raisins

These are dangerous all year round but especially when there is christmas cake/ plum pudding in the house. One slice left for a second and devoured by a cat or dog can result in severe illness.

If your pet does manage to get his/her paws on any of the above and you are worried contact your vet asap. Prevention in this case can save a lot of distress for both you are your pets.

String can kill

So string isn’t exactly a food type but with all the wrapping and presents there is bound to be string along the way. Pets in particular cats love to play with string and it is tempting to just leave them off but it can be easily swallowed and can cause serious life-threatening intentional issues.

For more info on things that can be toxic to your pets check out a list from The Humane Society HERE. 


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This account pays for the everyday expenses the ACS incurs such as vet bills, kennelling fee, animals food etc. If you would like to contribute to this account please use the details below.

Account Name: Animal Care Society Current Account
Bank: Bank of Ireland
Address: Wilton, Cork, Ireland
Account Nr.: 95825290
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Bank Identifier Code: BOFIIE2D

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Account No.: 22060688
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Two important demonstrations

Monday 27th of February 2012, 12pm, Carrigaline: ARAN Demonstration against fur farming in Ireland.

***URGENT DEMONSTRATION NOTICE***: A decision on the future of Irish fur farms will be made very soon. ARAN has requested a meeting with the Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, at his Cork constituency office but this was declined. As all our supporters know, we’re running a smashing campaign to shut down Irish fur farms and we need to ensure we work up until the final hour when the decision is a…ctually made. TAKE ACTION: Don’t miss ARAN’s peaceful demonstration outside the Cork constituency office of, Minister Simon Coveney, on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 12noon sharp until 2.30pm. At this stage we’ve done our best, but we’re not giving up, we need you to be there, not for us, but for the many tens of thousands of lives caged on cruel fur farms waiting to be gassed, painfully skinned and electrocuted. If possible, please share this event notice and encourage family and friends to attend too, we’re going to ensure his office hears the animals’ plight loud and clear. Please be sure to RSVP at or PM via Facebook. Thank you for all that you’re doing to help animals, ARAN.
Visit the Ban Fur Farming in Ireland website or the Facebook page for more information.
Monday 5th of March 2012, 12pm, Dublin: 2nd Forgotten Feline Protest:
2nd Forgotten Felines Protest is being held outside Leinster House, Dublin on Monday, 5th March 2012 from 12.30-2.30pm to:
1) demand cats are no longer classed as vermin.
2) demand inclusion of cats and their welfare, safety and wellbeing in the forthcoming Animal Welfare Bill.
3) demand legislation to protect them from cruelty.
4) demand funds for a free comprehensive trap/neuter/return programme for feral cats in Ireland.
5) highlight the neglect and indifference towards cats in Ireland.
Visit the Feral Cats Ireland page for more information.
Don’t forget to sign the petition to support this protest.