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Dogs who are exposed to cats during their primary socialization period, from about two to nine weeks of age, are more likely to be relaxed around cats in their adult life. You may think that cats and dogs that live together are constantly fighting but millions of household have a cat and dog family.
Because puppies and kittens have had no (bad) experiences with each other, they will get along more quickly than older pets. A cat who is curious about but not fearful of dogs, and a dog who has at least a nodding acquaintance with felines are the ideal pairing. A stray or feral cat that needs to be socialized and acclimated to indoor living can be a hazard to a resident dog, because she is accustomed to seeing dogs as the enemy, animals to be fought rather than befriended. Cats are both territorial and not fond of change, so a supervised, gradual awareness of another pet is the best method for keeping the peace. Keep your dog’s leash on during early meetings with your cat, so that if he becomes aggressive, even in play, you can limit his movements and calmly but firmly discipline him. The cat, whether a new arrival or current resident, should have a separate refuge of her own for at least a few days or a week, preferably in a room with a door or behind a pet gate. If the cat feels threatened or stressed, she may react and injure the dog with her primary weapon: her claws. Care2 is the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference in their lives and the world. A cat and a dog can absolutely be best friends, but you have to help them build a relationship slowly and carefully.
But this isn't necessarily the case; felines and canines can live harmoniously under one roof. Breeds with a lower occurrence of predatory behavior may also be less likely to chase after a cat.

Multiple-pet owners have examples of cats that buddy up to their canine companions, of dogs chasing cats off their turf, or of the two species respectfully ignoring each other. And some dog breeds, such as terriers, hounds and herding dogs, shouldn’t live with cats.
She will feel, and be, defenseless around a dog, not to mention this is a painful procedure.
You may want to serve the cat’s meals on an elevated surface such as a countertop or windowsill to prevent the dog from wolfing down her food as well as his own. We give pets the time we can spare and the love we can share, but living with another member of the same species can provide them with social, mental and physical benefits. Keep in mind, though, that while one dog may be fine with a cat, two or more dogs living under the same roof may feed off of each other, creating an increased chance of multiple canines chasing, seriously injuring or killing the cat. Because of this, when I was looking for a cat to add to my two-Pug home, my father, veterinarian Dr. Their instincts, which drive them to catch, shake and kill prey, will endanger felines which they see as something to chase.
Gently rub a T-shirt, sock, towel or washcloth over the dog, and place it near the cat’s food dish or bed. If the dog interferes with the cat while she is doing her business, she may abandon the box and soil elsewhere in your home, where she feels less threatened. If you feel that even trimmed claws are not safe enough, consider nail caps, which coat the cat’s claws with blunt endings, but keep the claws intact.
It is important to have as many "tools" as possible, in order to insure a positive blending of dog & cat. We see it when they join in on neighborhood barking, groom each other, curl up together for a nap or join forces to chase a ball or toy.

In my opinion, they get along best if they are introduced to other cats before they are each 2 years old. While there are certain dog-friendly characteristics to look for in a cat, the best place to start is with your dog. Marty Becker, was adamant that I look for a relaxed cat who would be unlikely to swipe out in fear, since it takes only one hit from a claw for a dog to lose an eye, especially for dogs with bulging eyes and shorter noses. Your cat will feel more secure knowing she can get away from the unfamiliar experience of getting to know a dog.
These vinyl coverings, attached with a nontoxic adhesive, last about four to six weeks, while the cat’s claws grow out, and do not interfere with her usual extension and retraction of her claws. Don’t allow your canine to linger outside the room, as his presence will stress the cat and defeat the purpose of the separate space. While most cats have zero interest in Fido’s menu, dogs find the higher protein and fat content of cat food very appetizing.
When you introduce the new member or your family whether it be the cat or the dog, the introduction must be made gradually starting with just the scent of each animal. The cat should have an escape route to a safe place that’s completely inaccessible to the dog. With patience, and lots of rewards for good behavior the cat and dog can learn to live a peaceful, happy life together.

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