Do you have both a cat and a dog? Many of our clients have both canine and feline pals! In some cases, Fluffy and Fido bond very closely, and become BFFs. And then sometimes, they fight like, well, cats and dogs. A local vet offers some helpful tips on helping your furry pals make peace.
Keep Fido Active
Dogs tend to be much calmer and better behaved when they’re getting enough exercise and playtime. Make sure to walk and play with Fido every day. This will help him burn off excess energy.
Don’t Just Go By Breed
Our canine pal’s breeds definitely are a huge influence on their behavior. However, don’t assume that it’s the biggest factor. Personality is actually much more important! Consider Fido’s character, temperament and history, as well as his breed.
Fido needs training to learn how to be a good boy. Teach your pup to be gentle with the cat … even if Fluffy is pouncing on his tail or scratching him.
One common issue is that dogs tend to eat both their food and their feline roommates’ dinners. Keep Fluffy’s food and litterbox in a spot Fido can’t reach. One option is to cut a little kitty door into a closet.
First impressions are a very big deal to our furry friends. Take time when initially introducing your pets. At first, keep them separated, and just let them slowly 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 the best option. More often than not, kittens and puppies who grow up together do become playmates and napping buddies! (Plus, you’ll get lots of adorable photos.)
Offer Safe Spaces
Cats feel more secure in safe areas. Make sure Fluffy has a spot to retreat to in every room. This doesn’t have to be fancy, just somewhere Fido can’t reach. Vertical spaces, like cat towers, are great for this.
Know When To Say When
Unfortunately, peace and harmony isn’t guaranteed, even if you do everything right. Squabbles can be dangerous, especially for the cat. 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!