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    How to Introduce a Puppy to a Cat

    Articlegeneral dog adviceTuesday 15 January 2013
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    Introducing a cat to a puppy can be challenging depending on how your dog reacts. Puppies are curious and playful and the chances are that the puppy will try to play with and chase the cat. If your cat is calm then it will make the process much easier but this is not always the case. This article should help you to learn how to combine and introduce puppies and cats into your home.

     

     

    • Do not just put the puppy in the room with the cat. Your dog needs time to adjust you must remember that first impressions matter, if your cat and puppy have a bad first meeting it will be hard to get them to like each other. 

    • The main concern of introducing a puppy to a cat is safety. You need to make sure that the cat can’t scratch and claw at the puppy and the puppy doesn’t terrorise the cat. Try using a baby gate to separate the two so you can see how both the puppy and cat react to each other. 

    • You need to remember that controlling a puppy is easier than controlling a cat. You need to ensure that the cat has an escape route and the puppy has a lead. Let the cat and puppy be in the same room, if the puppy pesters the cat then distract it with toys. You need to teach your puppy that it can have fun without annoying the cat. 

    • In the best case scenario the cat will stand its ground and teach the puppy where it stands. If the cat boxes the puppy without its claws then this is ok as the puppy won’t be hurt and will back off. Puppies are curious and playful so the chances of the puppy ignoring the cat are second to none. 

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