Cats and Dogs- How to create harmony in your home

14 February 2014

Introducing a new puppy into a household that includes cats can be done fairly easily if you plan ahead. Cats are territorial and need to feel safe in their home so well before the arrival of your new dog start making changes so the cats don't get too stressed by too many changes at once. 

A lot of people will establish a safe place for their cats in an upstairs bedroom with litter tray and food well away from the new puppy. A stairgate works well to manage the space which never allow puppy to venture upstairs. 

Cats need safe routes in and out the house that doesn't involve being chased. Lots of high vantage points work well as well so if your puppy does chase them they have somewhere safe to escape.

Puppies in the meantime need to be well managed as their natural exuberance does mean that unless your cat is confident to stand their ground they will be chased. Stairgates across doorways work well as do crates for night times and when you are too busy to watch them. I would also recommend a house line which can be left trailing and is easliy picked up if the cats are around.

Distraction techniques are also good and I always teach owners how to teach puppies to focus on them which is much better than giving chase.

Over time you may find a truce develops and in time even a friendship.

© Karen England2014

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