6 Ways To Make Your Dog Get Along With A New Pet Cat
Thinking of adopting a cat but afraid your dog might not get along with it? Fear not. We have a few tips that will help you to get your pets be a family. Well nothing comes easy, as dogs are tend to be pro-active, jumping around and well, always running here and there. And cats are quite opposite! They laze-around, they like their own space and mostly sleep. It will be a difficult task to get them to bond but if you follow these tips properly, you'll be surprised of the outcomes. So let's check them out and be prepared to welcome a new member into your family.
1) Make territories
Make sure you have separate rooms or space in your home for both dog as well as the cat. As said, cats love their space and if intruded, they get defensive. So prepare your home and divide territories for both, keep them separate in the beginning until they get used to the fact that they will have to learn to share.
2) Exercise the dog
Dogs may either get over excited or be completely defensive by the emergence of someone new. So prepare your dog. It is a known study that if there's going to be a problem with dogs and cats bonding, it's usually because of the dog. Train your pet dog with commands, make sure he/she obeys you, if things get ugly atleast you'll be able to control the dog.
3) Take personality into account and not the breed
Your dog may be a german shepherd but a total sweetheart and non-aggressive. So, before adopting a cat, know the personality of your pet and choose wisely. Is it welcoming? Will it accept change? Will it be willing to learn to share? And such things.
4) Watch out for signs of strife
Is the dog too aggressive or is the cat in hiding? Be aware of their body language and how they respond to each other. In many cases, the cat may be aggressive and the dog may get afraid, protect them. You can keep the dog on leash or keep the cat in your arms while introducing them.
5) Be patient
It may be possible that they don't at all get along with each other in the beginning, don't lose hope. It takes time for pets to adopt to changes, just like bringing a pet from foster or adoption shelter. Giving them their time is necessary.
6) Let them sniff their way into
It is suggested, before introducing them face-to-face, let them sniff each other's toys and be aware of someone else's presence. That way they are prepared and they know that there's another pet in the house. This way it may be easier to get them face-to-face without any strife.
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