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Remember that scene from Tom & Jerry where Butch keeps chasing Tom around the house? It was hilarious, right? But what if the same happened in your house? It would be a nightmare, wouldn’t it? If you have a cat and you’re planning to get a dog or vice-versa, make sure you don’t do it as a surprise to your pet. Sometimes, pets don’t get along with their kind so it’s tough to say how they are going to react when a different animal suddenly occupies their space.
However, if you already have a cat and a dog, then here are five tips to that will help your pets build a better relationship amongst themselves
The introduction phase can happen in many ways. Either allow your pet to socialize with different dogs and cats for a certain period of time. Only after your pet has become comfortable interacting with the animal of the opposite species can you plan on introducing a new family member.
#2 Take it easy
Don’t fret about why your pets aren’t getting along too well. Like humans, pets also need space and you should give them that. There are some animals who are always excited to meet new people but then there are others who are shy and will wait for a longer period of time before they start interacting with other animals.
#3 Let your pet choose
Letting your pet choose the new family member is a wonderful idea. Animals often make decisions depending on smell and sometimes no matter what you do, they may not feel comfortable if the other animal smells strange. That is why it is important to take your pet along with you.
#4 Create separate space for them
Divide the space in your house for them. Keep separate eating, playing and even litter places for them. Slowly and gradually you can try mixing up their space to see how they both react. Give them time and they will grow into each other.
#5 Stop them whenever necessary
It is common for animals to fight each other when they meet for the first time. If you feel they’re going into a fight even if they look like they’re playing, stop them immediately. Teach them not to attack each other. You can even use treats when they show good behavior towards the other animal.
Sometimes it is hard for cats and dogs to get along but there are ways in which you can make sure that they socialize well. Your pets are your family members and ensuring that that they have a good relationship is very important for the family.