How to Introduce a Puppy to a Cat
One of the biggest misconception is that cat and dogs can’t live together. However, if you are going to have a puppy and introduce this with a cat, this would need careful planning and patience so that it will become smooth. The introduction has to be done slowly as well and this should be done in a step-by-step process.
When buying a puppy and taking it home, you have to separate the puppy from the cat first by placing them in adjacent rooms that is separated by a door. Just make sure that you are going to provide your cat with its basics like its toys, foods, water, perches, litter box and others more. By doing this, both your puppy as well as the cat will be used in hearing and smelling each other without having to risk direct interactions during the sensitive times.
If you will consider placing a towel or blanket and have the scent of your puppy in the room with your cat, this will be able to help in easing up the transition. You also may place a towel or blanket with the scent of the cat in the room with the puppy. Using pheromone products will also be able to help in easing the transition for your puppy and cat.
At this time, you have to make sure that you spend some time bonding with every pet individually. Give both of them the time to become relax and comfortable in their own areas.
Once that both of them are relaxed on the current situation, you then should switch their positions. You must allow the puppy to occupy the room to which the cat had been and to place the cat in the room where the puppy was placed. Consider switching their rooms several times on the time of the introductory period.
Once that the puppy and cat became comfortable with each other scents, it is best to introduce them face to face. But, you should put a barrier in between them. Put the cat in a large open sided carrier or you could use a baby gate to which the cat can’t get over or under.
You should also reward your puppy for being calm and quiet if it is near your cat. You should also avoid letting the puppy harass or chase the cat. Take note that bad behavior should not be allowed, but avoid punishes in case there are lapses that accidentally occurred because it could create an unwanted response between pets.
For most cases, your puppy and cat will accept each other and could become friends in time. Remember always that each situation is different and it is crucial to assess their reactions first prior to allowing the two of them to remain together.