Cats and dogs are known to be rivals. Whether you find them in the aisle of the streets or in the corners of your home, they would always make a fuss and don’t get along well. However, there are exemptions to the rules where some of them can become the best of friends. If you decided to get both a cat and a dog, it is important that you do the right introduction and make them feel comfortable with each other.
Meet and greet
You need to prepare your home to what is coming and make sure that you’ve got everything you need. You need to be cautious in bringing them together. Try to be familiar with each other’s behaviour and age. If the dog is familiar in following orders from you then, try giving commands that would allow things to be easier. They can be aggressive inmost times but if you make them feel relax with each other then it can progress into better outcomes.
Sniff here, sniff there
Sniffing is an important gesture to animals. This is a common practice in communicating and a way to welcome others. A sniff to their beddings and toys to lessen curiosity. Try to observe how they would react to each other and let them do their thing.
Food and toy separation
Animals are territorial by nature. It is important that you consider separating their food and toys to avoid problems. Mealtime would be troublesome if they are going to have the same bowl together. You got to remember that they are still trying to make themselves comfortable with each other.
We want them to get along well but we should not forget that having their personal space is important. You should keep the cat’s litter box away from them. When a cat would do their thing, it should be peaceful and away from all the fuss. Dogs wouldn’t understand that and might start playing with the cat and not to mention that they might eat these feces on the box. This is also a healthy practice since we don’t want any parasites lurking to our babies. Sometimes also, even if they get along, cats would want some time alone.
Give both an equal love
Show them that they are being loved equally. Just like us humans, they get jealous over with the one getting more of the attention. Make them feel that they have nothing to fear and relax at the same time. The meet and greet stage might take time but once they feel that they are being treated fairly then this can help to open up more.
This can be hard to some but be patient to your babies to adjust with their new companion. Anytime soon they will start playing and hanging out together. They might still fight but not as enemies but like siblings. Be observant and aware to what changes can happen between this period. Always remember to check their needs so the results will be purrfect!