If you are adding a new pet to your home, it’s like adding another family member. You want your dog to get along with a new cat, and vice versa. Here are some tips on how to introduce a dog to a cat.
At first, introduce the cat to the space without the dog. Let them get used to the home with the scent of the dog on different surfaces.
Try to make sure your living spaces have empty ledges in case the cat wants to stay on a different level than the dog at first.
Keep the meeting sessions short until you are sure neither animal will cause harm to the other. Have treats on hand in case you need to distract the dog or cat if one is becoming agitated.
If you have kids, get them involved. The pets will realize that they are children and can become calmer. With these tips, your home will be a happy place for pets. Call your veterinarian if you are truly struggling with your dog and cat interacting. They will have the best tips for fostering great relationships between all your pets.