This question often comes to your mind – can dogs and cats live together? The answer of this question is YES, they can live together with proper instructions. Sometimes if you have a dog you may want to bring cats in your home or vica-versa. But you cannot just throw the animals together and let them deal with it on their own, this can lead to more fights, you must provide proper training to them. Dogs and cats are two different animals with different personalities but by giving proper instructions, they can live together peacefully. They both are predatory creatures, and it is in their genes that they loves to chase and hunt small animals. Dogs sees cats as prey and chase after them whereas cats don’t see dogs as their prey because of size differences but they hunt smaller creatures like mouse.
If kittens and pups raised together then generally they learn to accept each other and they can even playing, sleeping or eating together as kittens and pups are like children and whatever you tteach them, they can learn it easily. But if you already have a raised dog then bringing a new cat in your home might be a problem.
Following are the points that you must keep in mind if you want both of your pets live together peacefully.
1. THE FIRST INTRODUCTION -
When you first introduce the animals to each other, let your dogs do some exercise so that he gets tired. But even then, your dog gets angry or cats get frightened then remove your cat immediately from that place, and calm your cat by taking up in your lap. Also take her litter boxes, food bowls and other belongings, away from your dog, where he cannot reach it, so that the cat can do anything without harassing by the dog.
2. KEEP KITTY SAFE -
If you don’t want your dog to hurt the cat then you have to set up refuge which must be unreachable for the dog. Dogs often see cats as their preys so in order to prevent from any harm to the cats, you must do this. Also keep all the belongings of your cat in the refuge only.
3. NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE -
Never leave them alone until they get used of each other. But this can take weeks, and even you are sure that they won’t harm each other then you can be surprise when you’ll be home back and finds them injured, even if you don’t see any visible wounds, there can be mental wounds on the animal and they can be terrified of other animal the whole life.
4. DON’T FORCE THEM TO LIVE TOGETHER -
You cannot expect your dogs and cats live together in just ONE DAY! So don’t force them to be together instantly, they are moral enemies so you have to give some time to them although it can take weeks.
5. DON’T PLAY FAVOURTISM -
Don’t play favouratism in front of your animals, they can be jealous easily if you show care to an other animal more than him For instance, if you give more attention to your cat then the dog might show aggressive behaviour and he might show this behaviour to your cat and might injured her.
6. INTRODUCE THEM WHILE THEY ARE YOUNG -
Try to intruduce them while they’re still young as in young age it is easier to teach them socialization with other animals
7. DON’T ALLOW YOUR DOG TO CHASE -
Do not allow him to barking or chase. To stop this behaviour you can keep him in the leash and whenever he shows aggressive behaviour, you can move the leash away from your cat. You can divert his mind by the exercise or giving him or giving him treats.
8. KEEP THE CAT’S NAILS TRIMMED –
Claws are the only weapon of the cats and they can use it to dogs in order to show their aggressive and disruptive behaviour. You should trim their nails regularly if you want your dog to be safe from any scratches. But trimming claws is a painful procedure for the cats and she might feel defenseless infront of the dogs so in order to prevent from this situation you can cover her nails in the veterinary..
This whole process can take 3 – 4 weeks but till then, all you have to do work with patience. It is difficult to say if cats and dogs are getting along by their interactions. We can’t say whether they are playing or it is just a predatory part. If the cat is too afraid of the dog or the dog is too physical towards cat, then you have to pay attention towards them. By keeping in mind the above points, your two pets who are completely opposite to each other, can live in your house with the perfect harmony. The whole process can sweat you but once this works, there is nothing blissful than seeing them together.