How to Introduce Dogs and Cats - The Spruce

Here are four common mistakes you don't want to make when introducing cats and dogs:
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Today we are going to discuss one of man’s and our pets long time dilemmas—-introducing cats and dogs into our home. The fact is that about 50% of pet lovers have both cats and dogs in their home. Let’s start with you already being the proud owner of one or more dogs and now you or a family member wishes to bring a kitty into the happy family.
They’re introduced to a whole lot of cats and a whole lot of dogs, and they each have their favourites but nothing really clicks.
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The whole process of introducing a cat to a dog may take up to a month. During this time, keep the dog and cat separated if you are not at home. Separately, you should always keep the cat’s food bowl and litter box out of the dog’s reach. How to Introduce Cats to Dogs - The Spruce
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Introducing cats to dogs so that they will get along iscrucial to the safety and happiness of your family and your pets. Thereare several ways to slowly help dogs and cats to tolerate each otherand perhaps even grow to be friends. In order to accomplish thissuccessfully, it's important to learn a bit about how cats and dogsthink. It's also helpful to have some items to help with the initialmeeting and to address future territory issues. Systematic and positiveoriented behavioral management is particularly important with the dog. Introductions must be supervised and handled with planning, care and patience. If you have a cat and are going to bring in a dog, try to find an animal that is familiar with cats. Shelters, rescue groups or private parties looking to place puppies and dogs often know whether an animal has successfully lived with one. Under no circumstances should you "let them work out things on their own." That method is far too stressful, even in the best of circumstances. It's important to keep in mind that introductions can be dangerous, especially for the cat. Some dogs see cats as prey, and even those who are generally easygoing may react instinctively to a feline on the run.But the real world is a different story, animal behaviorists say. Whether you’re introducing a new cat to a dog, or vice versa, it’s worth remembering that cats are from Mars, dogs are from Venus. For the cat's comfort, he should be confined to a small area during the early stages of introductions. A second bathroom or guest bedroom will offer the cat a safe space while acclimating to the dog's sounds and smells. Be sure the room has everything he needs (including food and water bowls and a ) and that he has frequent one-on-one visits with human members of the family.For many loving pet owners, sharing a home with multiple animals and species is extremely rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, dogs and cats can live alongside one another in perfect harmony. The first step is learning how to properly introduce the two in a way that is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. The more smoothly the introduction, the easier it will be for everyone to settle into their own special family role. Below, a Brookfield vet shares some helpful tips on making the introduction between cats and dogs a success.