They get along about as well as cats and dogs!
You’ve heard this expression your entire life. For some pet owners, this statement has become a testimony far beyond a catchphrase. The home that was once peaceful is now a battleground upon which both your feline and canine lay territorial claim. If you want these vehement creatures to coexist without destroying the house, then you have to train them to get along just like you train them to do everything else. Below are some basic steps to help you.
GET TO KNOW THE PLACE
Bringing a new pet into the home can be intimidating. Before introducing the pets, allow the dog or the cat to become familiar with their surroundings and certain smells. You may want to rotate which rooms you put the pets in for 2-3 days.
BE THERE DURING THE INTRODUCTION
Introduce your pets as you would your friends. Assume the role of moderator and be sensitive to both sides. One or both pets may need to be held for either comfort or control. Be sure to show both pets equal amounts of attention.
LIMIT THE INTERACTION AT FIRST
The relationship between your dog and your cat should be built incrementally. In most cases, the dog will show some type of aggression be it friend or foe. It will take a period before the dog calms down and the cat warms up.
” If you want these vehement creatures to coexist without destroying the house, then you have to train them to get along just like you train them to do everything else.”
DON’T LET THEM BE ALONE
In the first few days, your pets are still feeling each other out. The initial period is crucial and can set the tone for future interactions. Therefore, it is advisable to separate your pets when you are out of the house. Allow them to interact only when you are able to monitor their behavior.
GIVE YOUR CAT AN ESCAPE
Dogs can become a little zealous at times when interacting with other animals. Therefore, you should provide the cat with an elevated sanctuary away from the dog during intense moments. This is both for the safety of the can, and the dog.
As with humans, some relationships between cats and dogs were just not meant to be. Although it is quite possible for dogs and cats to coexist, it doesn’t mean that they will become the best of friends. In the end, you may just have to settle for the fact that they won’t kill each other!