The first few weeks, and sometimes even months, with a newly adopted pet can be challenging.
A new environment with new people is stressful. They have to cope with the unknown and come to terms with the reality that nothing about their life is in their control. Because of this they tend to cower and hide. They may also be leery of their new humans for quite some time.
Us, as pet parents, have an obligation to these guys to empathize with them on this. We must have patience. We must also resolve ourselves to the understanding that we may not see our new family member’s true temperament for a while. It’ll take time for them to show us their quirks and what makes them uniquely them. Patience, we must have patience.
With that said, I need to give a shoutout to this girl right here. On her first day in her new home she did what takes most animals days to muster the courage to do. After a couple hours behind the bookshelf, she decided to come introduce herself to me. And she did it in the most “her” way. I had already gone to bed, so she sauntered her way to the threshold of my room and meowed until I got up. She then walked right up to me and arched her back for a pet. Once I obliged, she gave me a procession of meerkat head butts. She made one hell of an impression at our first real meeting.
Because of her tenacity, her brother followed her lead the next day. We’re four and a half days into our lives together, and it already feels like we’ve all been buds for years.
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