Along with Family Cats
Dogs who haven’t been raised with cats usually
see them not as friends, but as prey. Cats who are unfamiliar
with dogs are usually afraid of them. The best chance dogs
and cats have of learning to be friendly with each other
is if they are raised with or socialized to them before
4 months of age.
If your dog and cat are having trouble getting along,
your dog is probably chasing or threatening your cat. If
your cat runs away, this usually excites your dog even
more. It’s rare to have a cat who can successfully
intimidate a dog, but it does happen.
When introducing cats and dogs, the first priority is
to ensure the cat’s safety. While cats may scratch
dogs, they usually don’t kill them, but dogs can,
and have, killed cats.
Many problems can be prevented with proper introductions
that are done very gradually. Never put a dog and cat together
and try to let them work it out. Instead, keep your dog
and cat separated except when you are working on the steps
in the introduction process. Introductions must be micro
managed and there is no set time for how long they take.
When your pets are not getting along, it’s important
to monitor the quality of life of each one. It’s
not acceptable for your cat to be in danger, or too afraid
to come out of the basement or the bedroom for fear of
being harassed or harmed by the dog. Your dog should not
be constantly on edge, or “on patrol”, trying
to find the cat.
These situations call for re-introduction programs, and
providing your cat safe house time, with your dog confined
or outside in a safe yard. Most, but not all, cats and
dogs can live safely and peaceably together. There are
cases in which this doesn’t happen and the best choice
is to find another home for one of the pets. You should
seek professional help, preferably from a certified applied
or veterinary behaviorist before deciding your pets can’t
PRODUCTS FROM HELPING FIDO THAT
WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND, PREVENT AND RESOLVE CONFLICTS
BETWEE FAMILY DOGS AND CATS
While you are allowing your dog and cat supervised contact
with one another (perhaps your dog is on a leash), to ensure
you cat’s safety you may need to muzzle your dog.
If your dog is muzzled and the introduction goes wrong
this will protect your cat from being bitten. We recommend
basket muzzles from Morrco.com.
NEVER leave a dog alone while muzzled.
be a most useful tool for you. Essentially a comfortable
hood that filters your dog’s vision, it will help your Fido be less reactive
when he sees your cat and make it much easier for you to
control your dog’s behavior as well as have a better “starting
point” for behavior modification. The Calming Cap™ can
be worn under a muzzle.