Many people have a hard time getting their cat and dog to get along. Cats are usually aloof and are easily startled; dogs, on the other hand, are territorial and gregarious. However, that does not mean that they can't share a space; it's just that they will need a little more of your help.
In this article, we'll go over 8 tips to help your cat and dog get along under one roof.
Now you may have heard that some breeds of cats and dogs tend to get along better. In reality, that's not the case. Personalities matter more than breed, and so you need to take that into account. If you have an aggressive and territorial dog, it may not be a good match for a skittish cat. The same goes for a rambunctious kitten and an old dog.
If the personalities don't match, your backup plan can be arranging the household in a way that separates them. However, do your homework before adopting either to ensure that they become friends.
It would help if you taught your dog to control its impulses. For instance, does it suddenly go on high alert when it sees something making a strange noise? Cats get set off easily and will jump up each time the dog makes a sudden moment. So, train your dog to be less impulsive to get along.
All cats need a protected space or a base camp, if you may. The cat's refuge should be off-limits to the dog. Plus, there need to be safe spaces around the home. That way, the cat will feel confident navigating through the home.
Cats like to climb, so you might want to have a few safe spaces on shelves or bookcases. The birds-eye view gives your cat the opportunity to observe everything from above before getting down.
Many people give their dogs just 20% of the exercise they need. Dogs have lots of energy that needs to be released so that they slow down and be sensible around cats. Make sure that your dog gets the stimulation it needs every day; that's more than just a walk around the block.
Allow both animals to sniff each other's stuff and their toys before being put face to face. Doing this allows both creatures to satisfy their curiosity.
Tip no. 6 – Plan the Meeting Carefully
Dogs and cats often have just one chance to make an excellent impression on each other. Both of them love food, so that's one thing in common around which they can meet. A meeting during mealtime is perfect, but you'll want to keep the dog on a leash.
Tip no. 7 – Food and Toys Should Be Separate
Once you have successfully got both creatures to play nice, you will want to keep their food and toys separate. You will also want to schedule different yet regular meal times for your pets. Bowls can be placed in separate areas or place the cat's dish on the table. Either way, you want to make sure they don't get in each other's way.
Raising them from when they are young makes it easier for them to get along when grown up. Pups are easy to train and will soak up a lot of information. Also, dogs are less confident as pups, which allows the cat to assume its position in the hierarchy.
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