If you want your cat and your puppy to have a fun, comfortable, long-term relationship, you need to make sure you introduce the two of them properly. Otherwise, you are bound to have a situation where they are chasing each other relentlessly, which could result in one getting hurt. You need to be patient during this process in order for it to work right. The same goes for housebreaking a puppy. Patience is key!
Introducing a Puppy and a Cat Needs to Be Done Slowly
The process of introducing a new puppy to an established cat should be done slowly. Having them around, but not able to see each other, allows them to adjust to the noises and the distant smells of the other. This can make the introduction a bit more familiar when that time comes. Taking a blanket or similar item from each area and swapping it out, allows both animals to get used to the scent of the other. When the two first see each other, it needs to be controlled. The cat should be able to move, but the puppy should be kept on a short leash so they cannot lunge at the cat, thinking it is nothing more than a fluffy chew-toy. After short bits of time, the two will get used to the other’s presence.
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