How to Train a Cat and 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.

Older pet is king of the castle

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.

Supervise your pets during visits.

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.

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.

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.