Dogs and cats are among the most popular pets being kept in many households. Many people either identify themselves as a dog person or as a cat person. This is dependent on their affinity to either of these pets.
Occasionally, a pet owner would want to keep both of them at ago. This can be hard considering that cats and dogs are sworn enemies and will take any opportunity to wag an attack against each other. However, keeping them together is possible, very possible. Here is how you can keep both your dogs and cats along with minimal conflict.
1. Introduce Them When Still Young
Make a bid to introduce them to each other while they are still young so that they can get used to each other while they are still developing. This will eliminate their view of each other as a threat, and they will leave together in harmony. When young most pets will lack exposure and will take any other pet as a friendly force. Mostly this is until the other poses a threat to it.
2. Keep Their Toys and Feeding Bowls Separate
Both cats and dogs are highly territorial animals and would not appreciate anything or anyone crossing their path. This is so, especially to the things they hold dear such as their food or toys. Give both the cat and the separate dog toys and feeding bowls to avoid brawls and conflict. Also, they will need to have different sleeping cribs to prevent the national problem.
3. Play with Them Together
To foster the relationship between your dog and cat, ensure that you play with them together for them to understand that they are part and parcel of you. This will help them be friendly towards each other, and they will ultimately get along without any issues.
4. Don’t Let Them Out Frequently
If you want your dog and cat to get along well, avoid letting them out to the open where there are other dogs and cats. The cats may approach other dogs expecting them to be s friendly. This may result in a melee that may injure your cat. Also if dogs interact with other dogs and observe them chasing after other cats, they may also adapt to this behavior and end up being hostile to your cat. If they are going outdoors ensure they are being observed and ensure it is a safe area.
5. Get a Dog with a Size Almost As Similar As Your Cat
You are also advised to acquire dogs with a short status almost similar in size to your cat. This will make the dog, which in most cases is the fiercest, to be less dominant. This will make it less likely to attack your cat. Also, go for breeds that do not have a temper. A breed such a Rottweiler or a Pitbull have a short temper and may quickly get into fights with your cat. Playful breeds have a high chance of getting along with your cat as they can match their level of playfulness.
6. Ensure supervision when they are new to each other
Also, ensure that when the cat and dog are new to each other, you are available to supervise them as things might get nasty in a wink of an eye. If they are bit older, ensure that the cat and dog are kept in separate rooms, and they get used to each other’s scent gradually. Also, keep them caged near each other for them to notice that none possesses a threat to the other.
If you are inclined towards having both dogs and cats as pets in your household, there are so many ways to make this as successful and enriching as possible. Just like any other domestic animal, they relate with each other from a younger age, learn to be best companions and inseparable. Training them to follow specific behavioral structures also works perfectly. The first days and months together are very significant as this determines their future friendliness.
Again, the more you love and take care of them, the more they reciprocate this same love towards and each other and towards you as well. The overall outcome is love and protection between man and his best friends.