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Helping Your Cat and Dog Get Along

September 1, 2020

D o you have both a dog and a cat? In some cases, Fluffy and Fido may bond very closely, and ultimately become BFFs. In other instances, they may fight like, well, cats and dogs. A local Jefferson vet offers some tips on helping your furry pals make peace.

Keep Fido Active

Dogs tend to be much calmer and better behaved when they are receiving enough exercise and playtime. Talk time to walk and play with Fido every day. This will help burn off some of that excess energy.

Don’t Just Go By Breed

A dog’s breed can have a huge influence on its behavior. However, you shouldn’t just assume it’s the biggest factor. Personality is much more important! Consider Fido’s character and history in addition to his breed.

Train Fido

Fido may need some training to learn how to be a good boy. Teach your canine buddy to be gentle with his feline friend… even if Fluffy is pouncing on his tail.

Separate Spaces

One common concern here is that dogs tend to help themselves to both their food as well as their feline roommates’ dinners. Keep Fluffy’s food and litterbox in an area that Fido can’t reach. One option is to cut a kitty door into a closet.

Proper Introductions

First impressions are a big deal when it comes to our furry friends. Take time when introducing your pets to each other. Keep them separated at first, and just let them get used to each other’s scents. Then, slowly introduce them under supervision. If they fight, separate them and start over.

Let Them Grow Up Together

This is really the ideal option. More often than not, cats and dogs who grow up together get along just fine. They may even become playmates and napping buddies! (Plus, you’ll get some adorable photos.)

Offer Safe Spaces

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

Know When to Say When

Unfortunately, peace and harmony isn’t always going to be possible. Squabbles can be quite dangerous, especially for your cat. If your dog is exhibiting signs of aggression, you may need to rethink things. Ask your Jefferson vet for specific advice. 

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