Have you ever been to a pet store and couldn’t decide between 2 different pets, and you ended up buying both? For instance… a cat and a dog maybe? Yes, that’s right, I said a CAT and a DOG.
Many people think it is impossible to have them living under one roof together, but let’s not forget that nothing is impossible. The truth is you can live peacefully and happily as long as you understand the needs and desires of each of your pets.
Below we explain how to help them get along. Keep in mind that all procedures require time, patience, and tolerance.
Create a safe place
First thing you need to do is provide separate safe places for both of them for a while until they get used to each other. Specifically, the cat needs to settle in a safe zone in order to feel secure and shielded from the dog.
It is well known that cats are the shy ones while dogs are the aggressive ones. Always remember that dogs are considerably stronger than cats, therefore you need to keep an eye on your cat more often in the first two weeks.
Train your pets separately
Second thing you need to do is to train them. For instance, teach them to respond instantly to safety commands like “stop”, “sit”, “come here”, “stay” and so on… It is important to train them separately to avoid gobbling each other. Before introducing them to each other, you need to make sure they fully obey your commands. This will help you have a good relationship in the future when introducing them to each other.
Let them get along without seeing each other (This might sound useless but in fact it is very helpful)
Start by exchanging their toys, plates, towels, or other essential objects. This will help them get used to each other’s odors. Note that the most essential sense of cats and dogs is the smell. Their sense of smell is their primary form of communication which is why you need to firstly introduce them through their smell in order for them to get used to each other.
Start by slowly introducing them to each other
If you feel that your cat gets frightened every time it hears your dog’s bark, then this is a sign for you that it is still too early to introduce them to each other. However, if you feel that your cat is mewling every time it hears your dog bark, then guess what? It implies that your pets are ready to see each other for the first time. BUT do not get too excited, it might not turn out so well in the beginning. For instance, your dog might attack your cat even though its instinct is simply to play with it, or in some cases your cat will hiss or run when it sees your dog for the first time. Such reactions occur and are perfectly normal when they first see each other.
Take them out for a walk and have them play with each other
After their first meeting, wait for a couple of days then take them out for a walk. However, don’t forget to keep your dog on a leash to avoid aggressive actions. Have them play with each other only if they feel like it. DO NOT force them to play if the cat is fearful toward the dog. Forcing them will only make things worse. When your cat starts approaching your dog, means it is now feeling comfortable having the dog around it. Have your dog on a leash for a couple of weeks until you feel they are harmlessly playing with each other.
Last but not least, don’t forget to show your pets equal amount of love, care, and attention. In the end just like humans, animals have feelings too.
There is nothing better than having your pets get along with each other.