How can I get my cat and dog to get along better?

What's the most effective way to get a cat and a dog to get along?

Forget about the old adage about cats and dogs fighting! Canines and felines may get along swimmingly in the same house and even become best friends. You, on the other hand, have a critical role to play in getting the partnership off to a good start.

Starting off on the right foot.

Cats and dogs that have been raised together since childhood or who have been introduced to a confident cat's household can typically get along swimmingly. When an adolescent or older dog joins your family, or when temperaments don't match, problems are more likely to arise. A quiet cat, for example, may be scared of a hyperactive puppy. Consider whether introducing a dog to your resident cat, or vice versa, is the best move to take.

Most dogs like chasing; it's part of their natural predatory instincts. Some, on the other hand, will grab hold of a smaller animal, shake it, and kill it. Expecting a dog with a strong hunting drive to live side by side with a cat is usually impractical. If a dog is a fun softy, though, with the correct guidance and care, they may get along just well.

If you already have a cat and want to add a dog to your household, a puppy is frequently the most convenient alternative. Whether you'd rather rehome rather than adopt, see if the canines you're interested in have been rated as cat friendly. But keep in mind that this isn't a 100% guarantee; it's simply what has been seen in situations that may or may not be similar to yours.

If you already have a dog and are concerned about how he may respond to a cat, you should seek the advice of a competent behaviourist. Although some canines are nice or tolerant of 'their' cat, they nonetheless hunt cats from other homes.

According to a recent survey of cat/dog homes:

  • The cat is licked by 42.8 percent of canines.
  • 68.5 percent share a bed.
  • 62.4 percent interact with one another.

There is also a time and a place.

It's not a good idea to start acquainting your new cat or dog on the day you bring them home. Allow them to adjust to their new surroundings as you get to know one another. You'll need to split the house during this time, and while working on introductions, to keep them separated and in their own safe zones. To allow the cat to go out and come in, you may need to utilise dog-friendly baby gates and free-standing barriers to create a dog-free hallway to the cat flap.

You may also use this time to introduce and acclimatise them to a crate; use soft bedding, food, and toys to create a welcoming refuge where they can relax. It's also a good idea to train the dog to lay down on a mat.

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