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Helping Your Cat and Dog Get Along
September 1, 2020

Do you have a cat and a dog? In some cases, our canine and feline pals bond very closely, and become BFFs. In other cases, they will fight like, well, cats and dogs. A local vet offers some tips on helping your furry pals make peace in this article.

Keep Fido Active

Dogs are both calmer and better behaved when they’re getting enough exercise and playtime. Talk time to walk and play with your canine buddy every day. This will help Fido burn off excess energy.

Don’t Just Go By Breed

Dogs’ breeds definitely has a huge influence on their behavior. However, don’t assume it’s always the biggest factor. Personality is actually much more important! Consider Fido’s character and history, as well as his breed.

Train Fido

Fido needs proper training to learn how to be a good boy. Teach him to be gentle with the cat … even if Fluffy is pouncing on his tail or biting his ears.

Separate Spaces

Dogs tend to help themselves to both their food and their feline roommates’ dinners. This doesn’t always go over well with cats. Keep Fluffy’s food and litterbox in an area Fido can’t get to. One option is to cut a little kitty door into a closet.

Proper Introductions

First impressions are a very big deal to our furry friends. Take some time when introducing your pets. At first, keep them in separate areas, and just give them time to get used to each other’s scents. Slowly introduce them under supervision. If they fight, separate them and start over.

Let Them Grow Up Together

This is really going to be the best option, as well as the cutest. More often than not, cats and dogs who grow up together do just fine. They may even become bffs. (Plus, you’ll get some adorable photos.)

Offer Safe Spaces

Kitties often feel safer and more secure in safe areas. Make sure that Fluffy always has a spot to retreat to in every room. This doesn’t have to be fancy, just somewhere Fido can’t reach her. Vertical spaces, such as cat towers, are purrfect for this.

Know When To Say When

Unfortunately, peace and harmony isn’t always the outcome. Pet squabbles can be quite dangerous, especially for the cat. If your canine friend is showing signs of aggression, you may need to rethink the situation. Ask your vet for specific advice. 

Please reach out to us, your local vet clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!