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How To Successfully Introduce Your Cat To A Dog

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It can be a tricky business to introduce a cat to a dog. If not done correctly, you could be setting the animals and situation up for failure. This guide will provide you with the information you need to organize an introduction that will give your cat and dog the safety, security, and time they need for success.

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Pair correctly
When adding a new cat or dog to your home, it’s important to make sure that they’re compatible. If their personalities and energy levels don’t mesh, you may never have a peaceful home where both animals feel comfortable and safe. When choosing a new animal to add to your family, take these tips into consideration:

  • Try to choose a dog that has a history of successfully living with cats. Depending on how the dog ended up at the shelter, they may have records of her previous home which will indicate other household animals and problem areas.
  • Choose animals that have similar temperaments and energy levels. For instance, an elderly cat may not be a good match for a rambunctious puppy. A shy or skittish cat may not be a good match for a dog who likes to bark at and chase cats.
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