Are you a cat person or a dog person? Perhaps both?
Dogs and cats can live together harmoniously but the initial introduction period is extremely important to creating a peaceful household.
Don’t try the old method of just throwing them together and letting them work it out.
That path can lead to pet injuries and the creation on enemies.
Instead, try the slow and steady approach.
When you bring the new pet home, create a separate safe place for them to reside while they are acclimating to the new home.
Introducing a dog and cat can take time and both should have their own area during the process.
Train both of your pets - that’s right, you can train your cat as well as your dog. Cats will work for treats, too.
Having both animals know some simple behaviors like “come” and “sit” will help you control their behavior and direct their attention to you during the introduction.
When the new pet is accustomed to the house and the resident pet is used to their smell and noises they are making in the other room, it is time to let them see one another.
This should be done at a distance and it’s best to have two handlers - one for the dog, and one for the cat.
You also want to utilize barriers like baby gates and make sure that there are high safe places for the cat to retreat to as needed.
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