With an increasing number of pet owners having a mix of two species, cats and dogs living together may become a reality in the future. But what exactly should you do with your two new family members? First, learn about the rules of introducing them to each other. This includes keeping them apart for a while and introducing them at the same pace. You should also introduce them to each other slowly, and don’t force the issue!
Getting used to each other’s smell
It may take a few days to get used to the smell of both cats and dogs living together, but the rewards can be worth it. This will make your pets more accepting of each other’s presence, even if they don’t like each other’s smell. Just remember to rotate your rooms during this transition, and avoid putting them in confined spaces. If the situation does become a problem, you can always get a different pet for a couple of days.
You can start by introducing your new pets gradually, by letting them spend a few days separated. This will give them time to get used to each other’s smells and sounds. To ease the introduction process, try to find common interests. Getting used to each other’s smell is easier if the two pets share a common interest, such as food. If possible, give both pets a piece of the same food for a few days, and then switch places.
Keeping them at the same pace
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