Not only can cats and dogs be friends, in my house… they are part of one family!

The answer, of course, is a resounding “yes”! In fact, in my house, one of our beloved cats and our lovablepet love lab are the best of buddies.  People have often stopped in front of our home to take a quick photo of these two snuggled up on the front porch watching the world go by! As pet owners; however, we have a great deal of influence and control in helping our pets develop a harmonious life at home. Here are some tips to fostering a great relationship among and between the canine and feline species:

When introducing cats and dogs to each other do it slowly and make sure that you are in control. Introductions must be supervised, and they must be handled with planning, care and patience. Never leave your pets without supervision while they are learning to get along with each other. Feeding your cat and dog in separate places, and at separate times is probably best until they are used to one another.

Under no circumstances should cat-dog introductions be handled by throwing the animals together and letting them work out things on their own. That method is far too stressful even in the best of circumstances. It’s also important to keep in mind that introductions can be dangerous, usually for the cat. Some dogs see cats as prey, and even those dogs who are generally easygoing may react instinctively to a cat on the run, attacking the smaller animal. Getting a dog and cat to accept one another can be difficult, though, as anyone who’s tried to introduce them well knows.

So can cats and dogs live together as friends? Yes, they can but it may take patience and perseverance on your part, but the result will be worth it.  Millions of cats and dogs live in harmony, and millions of people feel no family would be complete without at least one of each pet.

If you are experiencing any problems with establishing a happy relationship among the dogs and cats in your house, please give us a call.  Not only might we have some helpful suggestions but our in-house trainer is equipped to offer additional assistance!

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