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Many cats and dogs get along very well. The dogs who are friendly and gentle and are not squirrel-chasing, predatory types can be great housemates with the cats. Whether you already have a cat and are considering getting a dog, or vice versa, it is quite essential to think about the first introduction of these pets. In this article, I will suggest you some tips which, if effectively employed, help you to bring cats and dogs together.
1.Always start at young age
Kittens and puppies usually have not had unpleasant experiences with other dogs and cats. Therefore, if you are thinking of having a dog and a cat in your sweet home, it is always a great idea to get them both at the same time, and at a young age.
2.Pick the right pets
If you are looking to introduce a dog with a cat, you should consider this: A good match of dog and cat is a dog that’s familiar with cats, and a cat that is curious and not afraid of dogs. Animals and strays that have been rescued from the upsetting circumstances can still live with each other, but they will probably need extra care and socialization. Furthermore, some breed of dogs is instinctively driven to shake and catch prey, so they should not live with the cats.
3.Take it gradually
As felines are territorial and usually do not like unexpected changes to their environments, it is good to make introductions slowly or gradually. Try to be patient and let your feline friend and canine companion get to know each other over a few days to a few weeks.
4.Always Keep a short leash
It is always a good idea to keep your pooch leashed when you are introducing him to the new cat. In this ways, you can keep him in control. It also makes you better able to intervene if the play turns too rough. Further, you can introduce your pets with one or both of them in a crate or carrier in order to keep them separated physically.
5.Mix their scents
Dogs and cats learn about one another through smell. Therefore, before you introduce your pets, it is a good idea to transfer the scent from one to another. For this, you can rub your dog down with a soft towel, which you then leave in the sleeping space of cat. After a few days or weeks, move the towel somewhere to your canine companion likes to play or rest.