How To Train A Cat & Dog To Like Each Other Without Attacking

By Denise Oliveri

Animals are wonderful creatures and it is always fun to have a couple in the house. Despite what you may think, you can teach your kitty and pooch to live harmoniously together in one household. The key to getting your feline and canine to get along is introduction and supervision. With some perseverance you can usually train your cat and dog to get along without attacking each other.

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Things you'll need:

  1. Pet carriers or kennels
  2. Leash
  3. Treats

Caution:

Watch for impending aggression between your two pets and separate them at the first sign to avoid injuries. Make sure you can keep them under control by using appropriate collars, leashes and carriers.

Step 1

Give your cat and dog time to adjust to each other slowly. Keep your new pet kenneled or confine him in a bathroom or other room for the first one to two weeks. Allow introductions to happen over a few days. When you add a new pet to your household, you must remember that your older pet is queen of the castle. Pet No. 1 may consider your new pet an intruder. For example, if you have had your cat for years, she is likely to see a new dog as an unwelcome guest. You should not let the "guest" have the run of the household until your pets can meet on more equal terms.

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Step 2

Allow your separated pets to visit each other under strict supervision. Make sure you never scold either pet during these visits. If a pet gets nasty, simply separate the two and say "no." Keep dogs leashed and cats in carriers at first. Make sure these visits are pleasant for both pets by having toys and treats on hand -- but don't allow your newer pet to usurp the older pet's favorite things.

Step 3

Know when enough is enough. If you notice either pet getting too rough, it is time to separate. Never force animals on one another. Your older pet will have a hard enough time learning to accept the newcomer.

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Step 4

Take time to have fun with your pets. Your dog and cat will learn to tolerate each other faster if you make their meetings interesting and fun. Find games and toys that both with enjoy and use this time for bonding with both.

Tip:

It takes time and patience to teach your dog and cat to get along. However, when you patiently introduce them to each other over a period of time, introductions will be easier for everyone. You can expect it to take at least three to four weeks for your cat and dog to grow comfortable around each other.