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How to add a second pet
Stage a safe meeting. A dog or cat will often feel threatened when a new animal joins a home. Have dogs meet in neutral territory, such as an open yard, when both are on leashes. Keep a new cat in a separate room for a day or two so both the old and new pet can adjust to the scents and sounds of the other.
Play favorites. A dog can become jealous, so be sure the older pet gets extra TLC. Just 10 more minutes of play each day should do it. To create a sense of continuity for the older dog, walk the two separately, or ask a friend to join you to walk the new dog on its own leash.
Police food fights. Feed dogs in separate rooms or separate areas to avoid aggression. Feed cats in an area that dogs can’t reach, like the top of a washing machine. Cats should have no trouble eating together once they’ve become friends.
And for those who have everything…
Huong Huynh’s felt replicas of cakes and pastries look so real, “it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see one of her soft sculptures in a bakery case.” The felt Frasier cake shown here is a product of the decade that the Houston artist has spent refining her sewing and painting skills. Huynh doesn’t make only pastries: She’s created felt vegetables, popsicles, and sandwiches, and she admits to being obsessive compulsive. If she’s creating a cake with sliced strawberries, she’ll cut some berries, scan several slices, and print the images on fabric. It’s up to the customer to decide if the result is a toy, a pincushion, or simply art.
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