Do you own a dog and you are planning to get a cat or vice versa? That is an excellent move but did you know that the two pets are not the best of friends?Getting the two pets to live in the same environment can be hectic, and you have to be well prepared on how to get them to be friends. Letting an off-leash dog meet a cat for the first time may end up in chaos. The only way to avoid this is by planning their first introduction. These tips will help you carry out a successful introduction.
Find an ideal location for the first meeting
The site depends on two things. For starters, are you introducing a resident dog to a new cat or is it a resident cat to a new dog. Get a place where the pets would feel comfortable. A big space preferably to allow them to retreat if they feel threatened. There should be escape routes too such as an open door. Also, you can to take them to separate spaces separated by a thin barrier and let them smell each other. The key is to make the first meeting as comfortable as possible and ensure none of the animals feel anxious as this could lead to further hate.Also, show the two pets attention and interact with them peacefully to set an example on how they should live happily with each other after witnessing that the other one is not a threat.
First interactions should be leashed
It would be better if you have your dog leashed and the cat in a crate. You want them to meet and see each other but not to come into physical contact. You need to be cautious as you do not know how they will react. Do not force it. If the first meeting does not go well, there is still a second time. The way the two pets will behave in their leashed form will determine your second move. If they stay calm, you can go ahead and do an unleashed second meeting.
Do not force the friendship
As the pets’ owner, you must be patient. Do not set very high hopes as you might end up getting frustrated and you might end up trying to force the two to get along. Let them take time, study each other’s behaviors and with time; they will get along even without your intervention.
Give them space
You have to try letting the pets have an unsupervised interaction after several supervised meetings probably after a month or so. You, however, should stay at a distance and watch how they behave around each other and separate them if chaos occurs.
These steps will be of significant help during the introduction meeting, but before you get there, you must ensure that you get a cat that matches the dog regarding behavior and personality. This will make the process easier.
If the task feels overwhelming, it is advisable to get a professional pet’s trainer and let them use their unique skills to guide the pets. The process could take less time. For more articles about pets and interactions, 3DOGMEDIA is the site for you. Learn more and increase your skills on how to handle your pets.