One of the most challenging things when introducing cats to your dog is that their personalities can sometimes clash. This is something you will have to work on, because there are certain cats that can be very annoying for dogs, and some will simply not be compatible. Here are some tips on how to bring a new cat into your life without being an angry cat owner!

Introducing Cats to Your Dog

First, you need to understand what type of coat your dog would be attracted to. In general, cats tend to be more territorial than dogs, so cats aren’t easily distracted or bored by the presence of an unfamiliar dog. However, you should take this into account before bringing a new cat into your home. But if you believe your dog would be able to handle having a new cat in their home, consider what type of personality would work best with them.

You will also want to consider the size of your new cat, and their needs. A smaller cat might not be as friendly or as outgoing as a larger cat might be. They may also require a lot more space, so make sure you know how much room your new cat is going to require before you make your decision.

Cats are generally very smart and will quickly learn to use their new surroundings to their advantage. If you take the time to let them into your house and let them know where to go, they might begin to feel like they own the place, and will spend more time there as a result. However, you should also keep in mind that their new-found freedom could mean they will be more susceptible to accidents. This is why it’s important to train your dog first before allowing your cat into your house.

If you decide to let your new pet into your house, then the next thing to do is to get your dog used to it. This can be easy if your dog is accustomed to his new, companion. If not, then try to introduce them gradually, starting with just one or two of them and slowly increasing their time together. As they get used to the idea, you can then add more people.

The main tip is to have fun with your new cats. Just remember to keep them safe, and enjoy the experience while making the time with them a bonding experience between you and your dog. And while this is true, it’s important to make sure they stay healthy as well!


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About James

James grew up on a farm in Illinois, spending his days training homing pigeons and playing with the other animals. James started his dog training journey when he was in college. He also spent all of her spare time reading about animal behavior. After graduating from Colorado College with a degree in biology James continued training dogs part-time while he worked for a conservation advocacy nonprofit. Around that time, he joined the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. James later got a job at Denver Dumb Friends League, the fourth-largest animal shelter in the U.S. There, he helped assess, train, and adopt out thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes. James met Oscar, his border collie, during his time at the shelter. They've been fast friends ever since. He and Oscar dabble in the sports of obedience, herding, agility, scentwork, canicross, and skijoring. They're never far apart!