Whether you’re introducing a new dog to a home with a cat or vice versa, it is important to take special precautions to ensure that your dog and cat get along. First of all, it is important to understand that certain breeds of dogs do not get along well with cats. We all know the image of dogs chasing cats in cartoons, and while this is generally a misleading image, there are some breeds of dog that do not make good cat companions. Hounds, malamutes, beagles, border collies, greyhounds, terriers, and whippets are just a few examples. Before you decide to get a cat or dog, be sure to do some research about which breeds do not make good friends.
Otherwise, dogs and cats can be best buddies. Most dog owners will learn that a well trained dog is easier to work with when introducing cats and dogs. Puppies can be a little too energetic and may frighten your cat. On the other hand, established house dogs often accept kittens more easily than the reverse situation. Still, you need to monitor new pets more closely during the first few weeks to ensure that all your pets are getting along well.
Moreover, cats need private areas where they can escape and feel secure. Give your cat a separate room, especially if she seems to be struggling to bond with the dog. Also, a scratching post is a great accessory because it not only gives your cat an appropriate place to scratch, if it is tall enough, your cat can hide on top of the post.
Before introducing a new pet, give it time to adjust to the new surroundings. Whatever you can do to alleviate stress levels before introducing your cat and dog will make the early stages of their relationship less anxiety-inducing. Most importantly, have patience and your dog and cat should be friends in no time!