Tips for Introducing a Cat to a Dog Successfully

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"Prior to introducing a cat to a dog, ensure both pets are examined by a vet to prevent disease transmission. No interaction until cleared."

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Make Sure Everyone Is Healthy

Keep Them Separated

Confine new cat to a separate room for a few days, with essentials and space to hide. Keep new dog separate to respect cat's territory."

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Promote scent mingling by swapping pet items daily. Watch for stress signs. Delay introductions if cat sprays on dog items

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Mix Their Scents

Let Them "Meet" Through a Closed Door

Food certainly brings people together, and it can work for pets, too. If both pets seem calm and unfazed by the other's scent, try feeding them at the same time on either side of the door

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Allow the New Pet Out to Explore

While your dog is at daycare or out on a walk with a friend, let your cat out to safely explore the house.

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AccliWork on Dog Commandsmate to a Muzzle

Stay," "Come," and "Drop it" are important commands for all dogs to know, but they'll especially come in handy when introducing a cat and dog for the first time

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Consider Pheromone Sprays

Researchers are always learning more about the cat-dog relationship, and new evidence suggests pheromone sprays could help

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Initiate a Supervised Meet-and-greet

en both pets are calm and going about their normal business, you can arrange for their first meeting.

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Reward Positive Behavior

Use positive reinforcement to create a good experience for both the cat and dog. If your dog is constantly being scolded whenever the cat is out, they may associate the new pet with fear and negative experiences.

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Practice

It's highly unlikely your cat and dog will become besties after their first introduction. Repeat short daily meetings until they get used to each other

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