Doggys and cats may learn to live together peacefully, although creating a harmonious family requires a lot of patience, and careful guidance on your part as a pet owner. Have patience and take the introduction process slowly, but know that whether or not your pets get along will also depend on their individual personalities. In some cases your doggy and cat will become best friends.
Whether you already have a doggy and are considering getting a cat, or vice versa, it is very important to think about their first introduction. It’s important to have realistic expectations when introducing a new pet to a resident pet.
Before bringing a doggy into a home with an existing cat or vice versa, make sure to do the following:
Place your cat’s litter box in a safe area.
Create a safe place for your cat. They should have a “safe” location in every room.
Check out if your new dog understands basic commands. This will be helpful with the introductions.
Keep the cat’s food and water dishes in a safe area as well.
Here are tips on how to introduce a doggy to a cat or vice versa:
Make sure to give your doggy lots of attention and praise when you bring them home to meet your cat. Doggys can very easily hurt or even kill a kitten, so never leave them alone together.
Put a bed, a litter box, and food and water into the space, and then leave the kitten alone to explore. You may want to keep your doggy completely separate from your cat until it’s had a chance to get to know you first.
Feed your cat and doggy on either side of a door, so that they can smell each other before meeting face to face. Another way to introduce the pets to each other is to swap their blankets with their scents on them in each other’s bed. This will help them pick up the scent and become comfortable.
When it’s time for your doggy and cat to meet for the first time, keep your cat in their box and put your doggy on a leash. This should be repeated until both pets can relax when together.
Once both pets are comfortable being together, it’s time to let your cat out of the box. You should still keep your doggy on its leash. If your cat seems reluctant to come out coax them with a treat, however don’t try to force it. This should be repeated several times a day, until your doggy is able to relax.
When your pets appear to be getting along well, allow them loose in the room together.
Always proceed with caution. Continue to separate the pets when you are not there to supervise.
If things don’t go as planned. Seek help from a professional. Pets with good past experience often adjust well and quickly to a new pet in the house. But if introductions don’t go well, seek help from a professional dog trainer or behavior consultant.
Regardless of whether you are getting a new cat or a new doggy, the first introduction between your current pet and your new pet is a very important part of the process. Enjoy the process but the same time take note of these tips to make the transition smoother.