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Helping Your Cat and Dog Get Along

September 15, 2020

Do your pets include both canines and felines? In some cases, Fluffy and Fido may bond quite closely, and become BFFs. In other cases, they may fight like, well, cats and dogs. A local Bruce Crossing vet offers some tips on helping your furry pals make peace. 

Keep Fido Active

Dogs are typically calmer and better behaved when they are active. Make sure Fido is getting plenty of exercise every day. This will help him burn off excess energy.

Don’t Just Go By Breed

Dogs’ breeds can definitely play a role in their behavior. However, that’s not to say it’s the biggest factor. Personality is actually far more im portant! Consider Fido’s character and history, in addition to his breed.

Train Fido

Fido may require a decent amount of training to learn how to be a good boy. Teach your canine companion to be gentle with the cat … even if Fluffy is pouncing on his tail.

Separate Spaces

One common problem is that dogs tend to help themselves to both their food and their feline roommates’ dinners. Keep Fluffy’s food and litterbox in a place where Fido can’t reach them. One option is to cut a kitty door into a closet.

Proper Introductions

First impressions matter to our furry friends. Take time when introducing your pets. At first, keep them separated, and just allow them to get used to each other’s scents. Introduce them under close supervision. If they fight, separate them and start again.

Let Them Grow Up Together

This is really the best option. More often than not, cats and dogs who grow up together get along just fine. They may even become playmates and napping buddies! (You’ll also get some adorable photo ops!)

Offer Safe Spaces

Kitties often feel more secure in safe areas. Make sure Fluffy has a place to retreat to in every room. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just somewhere Fido can’t reach her. Vertical spaces, like cat towers, are ideal for this.

Know When to Say When

Unfortunately, peace and harmony isn’t always going to happen. Squabbles can be risky, especially for the cat. If your dog is exhibiting any signs of aggression, you may need to rethink things. Ask your vet for specific advice. 

Please reach out to us, your Bruce Crossing vet clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!

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