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Archive for September 4th, 2010

Can dogs and cats live together?

Saturday, September 4, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-and-cat-polinaGetting a dog and cat to accept each other can be difficult but it can be done.  There are some simple steps that you should remember when introducing a new dog or cat.

  • Under no circumstances should you throw the dog and cat together and let them work things out for themselves.  That is much too stressful and keep in mind can be dangerous especially for the cat. Some dogs see cats as prey and could injure them.
  • All introductions must be supervised and should be handled with lots of patience, planning and care.
  • If you have a cat and plan to adopt a dog. Do your research. Find out which dogs get along best with cats.
  • If you have a dog and plan to bring home a new cat, work on your pets obedience before bringing home the cat.  The dog should be comfortable on a dog leash and obey commands such as stay, sit, etc.
  • Confine the cat to a small area like a bathroom at first. This way he could become familiar with the sounds, and smell of the dog. He will also feel safe.
  • After a couple of days, put the dog on a leash and open the door.  Allow both animals to see and sniff one another but do not allow the dog to chase the cat.  Don’t force the cat to interact with the dog. Use the “sit” and “stay” commands if necessary with the dog. Reward both animals for good behavior.
  • Keep the dog on his leash for a few weeks when interacting with the cat and always make sure that the cat has a way to escape from the dog if necessary.  Always reward with treats and praise.
  • When your dog isn’t interested in bothering with the cat, you can take the dog off the leash and let them begin interacting. Of course only leave the dog on the leash in the cats presence at first. Introduce them slowly and things should work out fine.