Introducing a Cat to a Dog: Help your Pekingese Make a New Friend

 


Introducing a cat to a dog may be a stressful situation but it doesn’t have to be that way, really. A new kitten in the house can be a very wonderful and exciting experience and you may think, how should I introduce my new cat to my old dog at home? Unlike the old tale, dogs and cats can actually co-exist peacefully. Some dogs and cats can even be the best of friends.

Though generally most dogs and cats cannot live together. And most owners tend to panic and freak out once their dog would chase out the cat or if his cat would attack on his resident dog. Such scenarios are unpleasant to all parties: cat, dog and owner. There are certain steps every owner should follow when it comes to introducing a new kitten to a resident dog. An owner cannot simply put the cat and dog in one room and expect them to be friends instantly; their introduction would take from days to weeks. Also, you must know that the best time to introduce cats and dogs is during their younger years. If possible, do it when your dog is 12 weeks old or less and your kitten is 7 weeks old or less.

Introducing a Cat to a Dog: Help your Pekingese Make a New Friend

Introducing a Cat to a Dog

Whether you already have a dog and are considering getting a cat, or vice versa, it is very important to think about their first introduction. By letting a loose cat and an off-leash dog meet each other in an open room for the first time, you are probably setting up both animals to fail. Instead, plan ahead and take your time.

Source: American Humane Association, http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/dog-behavior/introducing-dogs-to-cats.html

Guidelines in Introducing a Cat to a Dog:

  • Know that kittens generally tend to attach to adult dogs who aren’t aggressive towards them.
  • Know also that dogs instinctively chase animals that will run even if they are used to being around them.
  • Slowly introduce the kitten to your dog when he is on a leash or if a lot of you are monitoring him. Do this encounter a number of times until they become comfortable with each other.
  • Make it a positive experience for your dog by giving him treats if he is behaving properly.
  • If your dog would show signs of aggression, reprimand him but don’t shout.
  • Do not allow both dog and cat to roam freely inside the house during the first weeks.
  • Give your cat a place where he can be safe and alone. A place which is not accessible to your dog. Put a litter box in that area along with his food and water.
  • Let the cat swat at your dog when they meet nose to nose, this is the cat’s way of establishing space boundary.

Do not worry if your dog and cat won’t bond as you hope they would. Introducing a cat to a dog has never been an easy task and it won’t be either since they both come from a different background. It needs patience and lots of knowledge in order for you to be successful in this feat. Bear in mind that adult cats in general don’t do well with change and are too independent and solitary by nature so don’t force him to be best buds with your dog. Also, it is ideal that you should trim the cat’s nails before you introduce him to your dog to avoid any accident.

Have you tried letting your pekingese meet a cat? How was it? What was his reaction? Tell us more about your story below.

 

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