How to Help a Dog and a Cat Get Along

Many people love both cats and dogs. They think that they cannot keep both pets at the home since usually cats and dogs are not supposed to get along. However, with the right techniques, both these cuties can live together in peace. Here are some tips to help your pets along well.

When bringing a new puppy or a kitten into the home with an existing pet, ensure there is enough room to give them some space. Until the pets get properly used to each other, they may need to be kept apart, especially during the night. The pets should be kept separated for a couple of days until they finally meet face to face. This will allow them to get the opportunity to know the smells and will let the new pet to get used to their house.

To help familiarize your existing pet with the new puppy or kitten’s smell:

  1. Pet the dog and let the cat smell your hand.
  2. Repeat the same with the dog.
  3. Change the rooms that the animals are locked in for the first couple of days.
  4. Allow the dog to walk into the room where the cat was locked, and the cat should go where the dog was locked. This will also give them a golden chance to recognize the smells.
  5. Once the pets have become familiar with their scent, they can look at each other from below the door.

They will be able to look at each other but will not be allowed to attack or run at each other.

When introducing the animals, ensure they are relaxed. If the cat randomly runs away, then it is not the time for the introduction. Give her time. Once the cat is calm, softly hold it. Another member of your home should bring the dog in the room on a tight leash. Let them stare at each other and familiarise the smell. Allow them to look and get closer as well.

Be sure to show each animal affection and love. Animals, like humans, can become rather jealous and will fight for the attention of their owner. Both pets need to be treasured and shown they do not have to fight for your attention.

Even if the cat and the dog seem to be getting along, it is necessary to keep them in different rooms when no one is home. This will help prevent needless injuries. If the dog barks in irritation or excitement or the cat try to play too rough (which they do as they grow up), redirect the behavior. Please do not yell at the dog but turn their attention to another exercise. Yelling can lead to a cold feeling associated with the cat. If the dog is well behaved around the cat, be sure to honor them for this behavior. Sound very felicitous when doing the praise. This will help the dog link positive feelings with the cat.

Cats need a lot of space. There should be some item, such as a cat tree or maybe a cupboard where the cat climbs when she wants to get away from the dog. 

If the pet dog has the cat backed into a dark corner, this is where dangerous attacks can happen. If the cat can get away from the dog, it will be fine and will not attack.

When introducing dogs and eats together, it is essential to have realistic and patient expectations. If one of the pets (especially cats) is used to being the only one in the house, it will take some time to adapt to this whole new addition. When first introduced to each other, the pets will be curious about each other and this fresh scent they are selling. Allow them to be interested while keeping a close eye on the situation. It will take a month for the pets to get used to each other before they get along and may even become buddies. Both of the animals need to really feel safe for this to happen.

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