Tips to Help Your Cats and Dogs to Get Along!
10 December, 2016
Just like any two domestic pets, cats and dogs can and do get along. Some cats and dogs get along right away and love each other instantly, while others might need a little help. With a little time and effort, you can help them your cats and dogs to at least get along and hopefully become best friends.
The cat is usually dominant in a home
The cat is usually dominant in your home. Most pet owners make the mistake of protecting or favoring their cats when really it is the dog that is insecure. Learn to read the body posture of both animals. The dominant pet will claim his or her ground and move forward, while the submissive animal will look away.
If your cat swipes the dog, make sure to say ‘no’ and correct the behavior
Don’t let your cat get away with aggression just because she’s a cat. There is no reason for her to walk by and swipe at your dog’s face just to make a point. Cats can learn what ‘no’ means. Similar to dogs, cats need rules. Many cats respond well to the sound of snapping my fingers and saying “Hey” or “No.” It’s their signal to back off.
While training, make sure to stay relaxed
We owners can create all the problems in dog-cat situations. Loud, excited voices, laughing, insecurity, nervousness or intentionally getting the dog or cat worked up is asking for trouble. It’s so important to stay relaxed. Act like the cat is no big deal and your dog will do the same.
Make sure to provide a safe place for your cat
Make sure to have a safe place where your cat can retreat to, but don’t let her hang out there for days on end. Some cats will want to remain under the bed or on top of the highest shelf without coming down to eat or go to the bathroom. Give your cat a few hours as a break, but try to get your kitty to be around your dog so she can get comfortable with him.
When dogs and cats stare at each other, it means trouble!
All animals communicate with body language. In both dog and cat worlds, direct, head-on eye contact is a challenge. If you catch your animals staring at one another, it is a disaster waiting to happen. Usually it results with the cat fleeing and the dog chasing.
Give your dogs and cats breaks from one another
Make sure to give the dogs and cats separate spaces and/or breaks from each other. Try to separate them and make a new comfortable space for your cat. You should get out the cat toys and give them lots of attention so they can be comfortable in their space.
As always, reinforce the good behavior
Make sure to praise your cat and dog when they are calm and relaxed. In each other’s presence. Verbal and physical praise is better than food. Food can sometimes bring out dominance and possessiveness in dogs and cats and can lead to an attack.