How to introduce a cat to a dog

Keep them separate

When you first bring your new dog home, it's important to keep them separate from your cat for a few days.

Swap their scents

Once your dog and cat have had a few days to get used to each other's scents, you can start swapping their toys and bedding.


Once your dog and cat seem to be comfortable with each other's scents, you can start introducing them face-to-face.

Be patient

It may take some time for them to become friends, but with patience and positive reinforcement, it's definitely possible.


Even after your cat and dog seem to be getting along, it's important to supervise their interactions for the first few weeks.


When your cat and dog are interacting calmly and peacefully, be sure to reward them with treats or praise.

Don't force it

If your cat or dog seems to be uncomfortable or stressed, it's important to back off and give them some space. Don't force them to interact if they're not ready.

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