Can’t We All Just Get Along? Introducing Cats and Dogs - A multi-species household can be fun and rewarding—assuming your cats and dogs don t fight like cats and dogs. Take a few steps during the introduction period to set them up for success. Plan for Success Arrange as much as you can to accommodate both the existing pet and the new pet prior to bringing the new one home. Both should have individual areas to be separated safely from each other. If you don’t have the ability to use different rooms, set up a system of baby gates to keep them apart. Each area should have access to fresh water and, for the cat, litter. When the new pet comes home, allow him or her time to acclimate to the space. The first step, before the dog and cat are introduced, is to let them get used to each other’s scent. After the new pet is settled, switch the animals’ spots so that the dog can smell the cat’s space (just be sure to pick up the litter first!) and the cat can smell the dog’s space. Start Slowly Once the new animal is settled, start intro
A multi-species household can be fun and rewarding—assuming your cats and dogs don't fight like cats and dogs.
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