Get a Cat Used to a New Puppy

How to Get a Cat Used to a New Puppy
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How to Get a Cat Used to a New Puppy The stereotype states that cats and dogs never get along and always end up fighting. However this doesnt have to be the case. You can get your cat used to a new puppy by carefully choreographing their initial introductions. Ensuring that each animal has their own private space to roam eat and sleep is another way to help the relationship form. Try to stay positive throughout the process and offer affection and treats to both your cat and dog. Introduce your puppys scent into your home. Take a few toys or blankets that have been touched by the puppy and place them throughout your house. You can also wipe down your couch or other furniture with a towel that you used to rub on the puppy. Animals communicate through scent and this will provide an introduction before the two even meet. Choose a peaceful time for the first meeting. Dont try to introduce them when friends or many people are around. Avoid times when you are stressed such as right after you come home from work. Animals can sense your stress and they can also behave differently due to stress as well. When you finally bring the puppy into your house make sure that you havent recently moved or undergone any other major life change too. Confine the puppy to a particular area for a bit. Place your new puppy in a separate room or living space blocked off by baby gates for a few days. Put their kennel and food/drink in the same place. This will allow your cat to get to know the new arrival without the stress of meeting face to face. Observe the reactions of both animals to gauge how a final introduction might go.Put the puppy on a lead. When you take your puppy out of its designated space go ahead and put a halter or lead on it. This will allow you to control the movement of the puppy thus ensuring your cats safety. It is also okay to put your cat on a leash if you feel that this will add to their safety. Dont force contact. As the homes first resident it is best to let your cat decide when and how to approach your new puppy. It is not a good idea to hold or dangle your cat near to your dog as this may prompt your cat to strike out in fear. This also sets a stage for future interactions dominated by fear instead of positive feelings and curiosity.Invite a dog training professional into your home. If your cat is particularly nervous about newcomers or if you are simply worried about the process it may be a good idea to contact a dog trainer in your area who can facilitate the introduction process. Talk with your vet to get a good reference.

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