Tips on having Dogs and Cats live together
Here is a short video and a longer written guide on getting dogs and cats to get along together under one roof. Despite the famous Ghost Busters movie line where Bill Murray is describing the end of the world and throws in the line “…dogs and cats living together”, most dogs and cats get along together in a single house fine. But there are a few tips to make it easier. Bringing a new kitten home to an existing pet is an exercise in patience and understanding. You would need to do things with exquisite care, though, when your existing pets are dogs, as you wouldn’t want your kitten to be hurt by the dogs you have owned for quite a while. You can click on this link to read our article on training your dog which may help you out here as well.
A short Video on how to help your pets get along
Here is our written guide with more information on getting the Felines and Dogs to play nice
You need to find out certain details about your dog before buying a cat or kitten. Some dog breeds are more tolerant of cats than others, and it will be far easier to introduce a kitten to these dogs. If your breed of dog is known for its intolerance, you may want to think twice about bringing a cat home. Also think back to a time when you may have owned some cats with the dog (or dogs) – if they got along fine before, chances are the same would apply with the kitten.
When you bring the kitten home, let the dog sniff the crate, but not get so close that the kitten can scratch his nose. Put your cat in its safe room, and go and give your dog some love and attention. Dogs, like us humans, tend to get jealous if they feel that they don’t get much attention, and can act out by getting violent – this is why this part of the process is especially crucial.
To get your dog used to your kitten’s scent, have it smell you or other items that the kitten has come in contact with. After a few days, take the kitten into another room, and let the dog sniff around the safe room to get used to the scent.
You can let your dog enter a room with your kitten in it a few days later – make sure the kitten is in its crate. As long as the kitten stays in its crate, both animals should remain safe from trouble. Being in a confined space can make cats feel trapped, so don’t do this too often if your cat is getting anxious.
Sit with the dog and have somebody else, say, a friend or family member, bring in the cat to introduce both animals to each other. Make sure an adult is holding both the dog and the kitten and let the dog sniff the back of the kitten while you hold him by the collar. Then start allowing the kitten to wander around with you sitting with the dog so you can hold it back if necessary.
Eventually, once your kitten is used to the house and knows its way about, you will have to let them loose around each other. If your dog shows any signs of aggression, such as growling or its hackles rise, you may have to rethink the new kitten.
Finally, it comes down to patience and knowing the two animals. Be realistic. If you have a psychotic cat that will claw anyone but you (or including you) chances are its going to do the same to the dog. By the same token if your dog is jealous of anything new in the house and chases anyone and anything that moves, then expecting it to be nice to the cat or kitten is not real. And if your dog is going stir crazy because it gets no attention or exercise, then it is going to be more likely to chase around the cat or kitten.
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