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Introducing Your Cat to Your Dog: Everything You Need to Know

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Do you already own a cute little kitty?

Perhaps you started out easy, as they’re lower maintenance than dogs. You never have to run home from work at 5 o’clock to walk good ‘ol kitty.

But, if you’re ready to increase the level of love in your home, a new pup is just the ticket.

That said, we all know the stigma surrounding cats and dogs. They’re supposedly like oil and water.

Alas, this is not always the case. You can achieve a happy home with a little bit of time and effort.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know when blending your new family.

1. Start Off Slow When Blending Cats And Dogs

You can’t open the floodgates and allow the two to “work it out” on their own. This needs to be a slow dance.

If you’ve adopted a puppy, know that your cat is not likely to find their exuberance as adorable as you do.

It’s important to keep them separated until your pup is able to follow your commands.

You’re going to need to “call him off” if he gets too excited around kitty.

The ideal scenario is a blind date where your cat has free reign and your new pup is on a leash. This way, you can tamp down any over-the-top tail wagging or pawing that your cat might perceive as an attack.

If you’ve adopted an older dog, hopefully, they’ll respond well to commands and you can guide the meet and greet.

Repeat this slow dance for a couple days.

You might want to confine kitty to a certain part of the house and work out these introductions slowly, day by day until they have a better sense of one another.

2. Supervised Play Dates

After a couple successful leashed attempts, it’s time to let cats be cats and dogs be dogs.

But, again, if you’ve adopted a puppy, you always want to keep in mind the fact that your cat will not perceive their exuberance as love.

So, when gearing up for an unleashed meet and greet, take your pup for a nice, long walk first. Let him or her work out their energy.

Then, see if everyone can coexist in the living room or some other shared space. Set a time limit, in case anyone starts to feel stressed. Test the waters for 15 minutes today, a half hour tomorrow, and a full hour the next day.

It’s imperative that your pup is listening to your commands, in case you want him or her to pull back a little. You also want to be in a room where your cat can hop up and away if they feel the need to.

3. Cats and Dogs Can Work It Out

In most cases, your fur babies will come to coexist. Maybe they’ll become the best of friends. Maybe they’ll simply exist together, with minimal interaction.

If everybody’s survived those supervised playdates unscathed, then you’ve parented your four-legged friends nicely.

A friend of ours lives with two Great Danes and two American Short Hairs.

All four animals get on just fine.

It took a couple days of acquainting everybody but, in the end, the most trouble we ever see is one of the cats bopping a Great Dane on the head as he walks by.

Later in the evening, that same cat will also be found cleaning the Great Dane, with much love and affection.

Stay Positive, Stay Calm

Remember, cats and dogs can sense your mood. So, it’s important to remain calm during these introductions.

Trust your pup to obey your commands and never let your cat feel pinned down.

Here at All Star Pet Resort, we’re all about blending families and friends.

Whether you need to board your cat or dog for a quick trip or an extended stay, we’ll make sure your family’s cats and dogs enjoy a fun retreat among friends.

Feel free to stop by anytime, give us a call at 310-320-8799, or book a reservation online today!

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