How to Teach Your Dog and Cat to Get Along

The best time to teach a dog and cat to get along is when one or both are being introduced into the family for the first time.

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You Will Need

  • A dog and cat
  • A crate for each animal
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Dog and cat toys

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Evaluate the situation

    Some dogs are more likely than others to harm cats. Learn what you can about a dog's personality before bringing one home. If you already have a dog, evaluate their temperament before introducing a cat.

  2. To help the animal who's been with you longer adjust, avoid giving the new animal the run of the house right away.

  3. Step 2

    Supervise the introduction

    Supervise the introduction with one or both animals crated. Let each one smell an item belonging to the other.

  4. If you're introducing a puppy to your cat, hold the puppy and let the cat smell it. Do not hold the cat.

  5. Step 3

    Provide treats and toys

    Provide treats and toys so the animals associate this together time with a pleasant experience.

  6. Step 4

    Limit supervised visits

    End the visit if things get too rough. Say "No," and separate the animals.

  7. Step 5

    Feed cat out of reach of dog

    Feed your cat out of reach of the dog so the dog won’t eat the cat's food.

  8. Step 6

    Extend supervised visits

    Increase the length of supervised visits as your pets make progress. Continue rewarding them with treats and play. If all goes well, you can expect to reach your goal within 3-4 weeks.

  9. Step 7

    Congratulate yourself

    Enjoy your one big happy family. You've laid the foundation for your pets to be lifelong friends.

  10. Cats need more protein in their diets than dogs do.

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