Successful Cat and Dog Introductions: Avoid Fights
And Promote Harmony
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Many pet parents have a cat and dog. Whenever you bring two pets
together there is always the potential for conflict, but most of the
time the pros outweigh any potential problems.
Most dogs and cats will coexist happily with many benefits. The dog
and cat can provide each other with companionship. One pet can even
look after and "train"
the other for you on the rules of the house.
There are behavioral differences to overcome since cats tend to be less social while dogs like to be social. It is also possible that a dog will chase a cat after being stimulated by the running motion., which is a perfectly natural behavior. An aggressive cat might even chase or fight with a more docile dog. Know that an aggressive cat always wins in a one-on-one battle with a dog, although an aggressive dog can kill a cat.
Care and caution are always called for.
In most cases there is no reason why a cat can't be introduced into a household with a dog, even if the dog has been living in the house for several years. The key to success is to make the introduction gradual as outlined below. Also be sure to create a safe place for the cat just in case. See a pet behaviorist if you are not able to make a successful introduction, if the cat chases the dog, or for cat and dog fighting. "
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