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10 Tips for Bringing Cats & Dogs Together

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10 Tips for Bringing Cats & Dogs Together

By Kathy Blumenstock, Animal Planet

The war between cats and dogs is a topic of debate from Hollywood to hometowns. Multiple-pet owners have examples of cats that buddy up to their canine companions, of dogs chasing cats off their turf, or of the two species respectfully ignoring each other. The two don’t have to automatically “fight like cats and dogs.” Their ability to get along is shaped by their individual experiences with the other species accumulated before they are paired. Their communication styles differ too which can lead to confusion: A dog wags his tail to show happiness and eagerness to play; a cat lashes her tail to indicate displeasure or anger. You can help them to share a home by keeping each pet’s best interests and instincts in mind. Here are 10 tips.

10. Promote Puppy Love and Kitten Closeness

Because puppies and kittens have had no (bad) experiences with each other, they will get along more quickly than older pets. So it makes sense, if you are thinking of having one of each, to get them as youngsters. Growing up together, they will form a bond. However, a puppy’s play may still be a bit rough for a fragile kitten that will always be tinier than her canine mate. Always supervise their interactions, even if they are friendly: A kitten may signal that she’s finished playing but the energetic puppy could still be eager to go, and his activity may confuse her. Teach the puppy to play by chasing a toy, never his smaller feline buddy; this will ensure he grows up respecting, not pursuing, smaller animals.

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1:18AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

11:17PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

thanks

3:56PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Great info. As a cat rescuer, (who has saved many a dog & other species by the way); I have had a lot of families wanting to adopt a cat w/ a family that has an established dog, where the resident feline has passed- on, or they just want a cat. It is important to have as many "tools" as possible, in order to insure a positive blending of dog & cat. Thanks, this is a keeper.

5:03AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thanks

4:29AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

thank you for sharing,this interesting article 9/7

3:51AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thank you!

3:05AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

All excellent tips, thanks.

12:26PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Useful article.

10:50AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

I started off in 1997 with 3 kittens and a puppy.They all had different relationships.One cat loved the dog,one cat tolerated him and the other disliked him until he was about 8 years old and then seemed to like him.I then had a kitten when the dog was about 7.The kitten loved the dog and was happier with the dog than he was with people,this cat still misses the dog terribly after he died.I sometimes find him sitting queitly where the dog bed was mourning his friend.

10:23PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Thanks this is a really good article.

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