Whether you already have a dog and would like to adopt a cat or vice versa, you need to plan what you’ll do once you bring your new furry friend home. Learning how to introduce a dog to a cat. It’s not something to take likely.
If you think your dog is friendly and won’t have an issue meeting a new cat, it’s not worth taking any risks. If you think your cat is easy going and won’t freak out when a new dog gets in her face, you’re probably wrong. Whenever two animals (no matter what species) meet for the first time, they NEED to be supervised and restrained in some way.
Some dogs and cats get along fine from the first meeting, while others may need time to get to know each other before they are completely comfortable. Still, other animals may like being the only pet in a household. If this is the case, they’ll never enjoy being around other pets.
The key to successfully learning how to introduce a dog to a cat is doing it gradually. You don’t want to overwhelm either animal, as this could quickly result in aggression.
Once one animal shows signs of aggression the other may respond aggressively in defense. Once that happens it will be very difficult to get the two animals to feel comfortable around each other without the help of a well-trained (and expensive) professional.
How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat
Before the Introduction
For the purpose of this article, I’m going to assume that you’re already a dog owner and you’re bringing a new cat into your home. If it’s the other way around, you’ll still want to follow the same procedure.
Consider the personality of your dog before you even consider adopting a cat. Does your dog typically get along with other animals and strange people? Does your dog ever show signs of aggression around his toys or food? Do you have any reason to believe that he enjoys being the only pet in the home?
You may not be able to answer these questions right now, and that’s okay. If your dog has never been around another pet, this will be a brand new experience and you’ll need to be extra cautious.
Keep in mind that if your dog has no experience with other pets, you should make the shelter, rescue or breeder that you’re adopting from aware of the situation.
Some shelters or rescue organizations may want you to bring your dog in and have him meet the cat at their facility. I DO NOT recommend this. Your dog will be overwhelmed with the new sights, smells and sounds at the shelter. Introducing him to a new animal in that type of environment is just asking for trouble.
Signs of Aggression
Before the you begin to learn how to introduce a dog to a cat, be sure you’re looking for any signs of aggression. You’ll need to be extremely observant. Catching the subtle signs of aggression and intervening before…