Do you have both a cat and a dog for pets? In some cases, Fluffy and Fido bond very closely to each other, and become BFFs. In other cases, they fight like, well, cats and dogs. A local vet offers some tips on helping your furry pals get along.
Keep Fido Active
Our canine friends tend to be much calmer and better behaved when they are getting enough exercise and playtime. Be sure to take time to walk and play with Fido every day. This will help him burn off excess energy.
Don’t Just Go By Breed
Dogs’ breeds can have a huge influence on their behavior. However, don’t assume that it’s the biggest factor. Personality is definitely much more important! Consider Fido’s character and history, as well as his breed.
Fido needs training to learn how to be a good boy. Teach Fido to be gentle with the cat … even if Fluffy is pouncing on his tail.
One common issue here is that pups tend to help themselves to both their food and their feline roommates’. Keep your kitty’s food and litterbox in an area Fido can’t reach. One good option is to cut a kitty door into a closet.
First impressions are a big deal to our feline friends. Take your time when introducing your pets. At first, keep them separated, and just let them have time to get used to each other’s scents. Introduce them under supervision. If they start to fight, separate them and start over.
Let Them Grow Up Together
This is really going to be the best option for all. More often than not, cats and dogs who grow up together will do just fine. They might even become playmates and napping buddies! (Plus, you’ll get some adorable photos of your furry friends.)
Offer Safe Spaces
Cas often feel more secure in safe areas. Make sure that your cat has a spot to retreat to in every room. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just somewhere Fido can’t reach her. Vertical spaces, such as cat towers, are purrfect for this.
Know When To Say When
Unfortunately, harmony isn’t always going to happen. Squabbles between cats and dogs can be quite dangerous, especially for the kitty. If Fido is showing signs of aggression, you may need to rethink things. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Please reach out to us, your vet clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!