There seems to be the idea that cats and dogs are mortal enemies who will never get along. There have even been movies made about this topic in the past, however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, depending on the circumstances, cats and dogs can learn to coexist with one another and live a relatively peaceful life.
Of course, there will be times when someone gets scratched on the face or chased around the living room, but they can become friends.
It takes time and a lot of patience, especially if you are bringing two older animals together. When one or both of them are young, it can make the transition from foes to friends much easier.
However, what you don’t want to do is force them to like one another when all the signs are telling you they won’t get along. These are some of the ways in which you can bring your cat and dog together to try and get along.
What Are Their Personalities Like?
A lot of people say that the breed of a cat or dog will be the deciding factor on if they get along, but this isn’t always the case. It is more important to look at their individual personalities and see if they will be likely to get along.
A cat that is very skittish and scares easily won’t get along well with a dog that is hyperactive or territorial. They are bound to clash at some point. You need to ask yourself if your dog will be happy sharing their space with a cat and whether the cat will be settled around the dog.
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Start Off Slowly
Whichever pet was the first resident of your home should have the advantage and the other cat or dog should be introduced to them slowly.
The best way to do this is to place the new pet in a room with the door shut. That way, when you let the resident pet walk around, they will smell the other animal and get used to their scent. Keeping them apart for the first day or two will allow them to
Take them into a room with the dog on the leash and allowthem to see one another. If you have their food nearby it can act as a distraction and show them that everything is alright. Eventually, they will want to get closer to investigate each other, but always supervise them and offer them praise continuously. You will be able to gauge the reaction of each animal easily to see if they are frightened or territorial.
Create a Safe Space for the Cat
If they are still a little wary of one another, allow them to have a space that is only theirs. This will mainly be applied to cats as they can often be scared and will want somewhere that they can feel safe. This could be in a separate room with their own toys and bed, or even on a cat tree that the dog won’t be able to reach them on
Train Your Dog
If you are introducing a cat to a dog you already own, then make sure they are trained well. You want them to be able to control themselves and not react on impulse as this can worry the cat.
Teach them to be calm when there are other people in the room and to not go hyper at the drop of a hat. Even if they are well-behaved, you will want to keep them on a leash for the first few meetings with the cat.
Raise them Together if You Can
One of the best ways to ensure that a cat and dog will get along is to raise them together. When puppies are young, they can be trained easily as they haven’t become confident and territorial, as they sometimes can in real life.
This will allow the kitten to grow up feeling as if they are the dominant one, making it more likely for them to get along.
As long as you are always keeping an eye on them, the transition should go smoothly and hopefully, your cat and dog will be friends before you know it!