Introducing A Dog To Cats

Introducing A Dog To Cats


While it is possible to train a dog to get along with cats, it’s best if you can introduce them early on as puppies or kittens. In this article, we’ll get into the most important things you need to know when choosing a dog for a household that already includes cats.

Establish Safe Boundaries

The first thing you need to do is establish safe boundaries for both the dog and cat. This can be done by keeping them separate until they get used to each other’s scent, and then slowly introducing them.

  • Keep the dog on a leash when introducing him or her to your cat.
  • Make sure that the cat is in a separate room from where you are going to be with the dog so that they don’t have any contact while they’re getting used to each other’s smells.
  • Don’t let either of them out of their designated rooms unless you absolutely need them out (for example, if there’s an emergency). If this happens, make sure that one person keeps both animals under close watch at all times!

Plan to Slow Introductions

As with any introduction, you should plan to take your time. This process will not happen overnight, and may take weeks or even months. It’s best to start introducing the pets while they are young and still have time to learn proper house manners. If you have an older dog or cat that has never been around other animals, it’s also a good idea to introduce them at least once before making this decision.

When considering how long the process of introducing two new pets will take, keep in mind that it won’t be as quick as introducing two puppies or kittens because adult dogs and cats are less likely to accept each other right away. You should also plan for more than one set of introductions if your animals aren’t getting along right away; don’t assume things will change overnight just because they got along when you first brought them together!

Don’t Expect a Quick Bond

It can be difficult to predict how a dog will react to a cat. Dogs are pack animals and cats are solitary, so it’s natural that they might not get along at first. It may take longer than you would think for them to bond, or it could happen immediately depending on the personalities of both animals.

In addition, dogs tend to be territorial while cats don’t really care who’s in their space as long as they have food and water available—which is ideal for them since they can rest up in a spot that makes sense for their body type (for example, small dogs like dachshunds often love curling up under couches).

Lastly, dogs greet each other with physical affection: licking on the nose or face; wagging tails; circling around each other; pawing at each other; lying down together; etc., whereas most cats avoid touching at all costs.

Alleviate Stress

  • Give each animal a safe space.
  • Be patient and give the animals time to acclimate to one another.
  • Consider using a dog crate, cat carrier, dog muzzle or cat collar with bell to help your pet feel more secure.
  • You may be able to use a harness for the dog. The same goes for a harness for your cat or kitten (if you have one).

It may take time and patience, but it is very possible for dogs and cats to get along.

While it may be difficult at first to teach your dog and cat to get along, it is possible. First of all, you should keep the two animals separated for a few weeks while they get used to each other’s scents and sounds. Cats can become very stressed if they are forced into close proximity with dogs too soon, which could lead to hostility or aggression once they have had more time together.

To do this safely, you should keep your cat in a room with a door that can be closed if necessary. Ideally this room would have another door leading outside so that you can let your cats out when needed without having them run into any dogs who might still be around the house. You should also make sure that neither pet is given free access to areas where they might come face-to-face unexpectedly—for example by keeping dogs on one side of the house during playtime and making sure there are no openings between rooms through which cats might slip away unnoticed as well


So, if you’re looking to get your dog and cat to be best friends, hopefully we’ve given you a few good tips on how to go about it. Remember that patience is key here—your pets will be keeping a close eye on each other for a long time before they feel totally comfortable with one another.

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