Cats and Dogs

By eHow Pets Editor


best time to introduce dogs and cats is when they are young. If possible, start when puppies are less than 12 weeks old and kittens are less than 7 weeks old.

Things You'll Need:

  • Biscuits And Treats
  • Dog Crates
  • Dog Leashes
  • Dog Treats
  • Cat Nail Clippers


Step 1:

Realize that kittens usually attach themselves to adult dogs, who in general aren't threatened by kittens.

Step 2:

Understand that dogs instinctively chase animals that run or move suddenly, even if they're used to being around other cats.

Step 3:

Introduce the kitten while the dog is either closely monitored by someone else or is on a leash. Do this several times over a period of several weeks to allow time for each animal to grow comfortable.

Step 4:

Make introductions a positive experience for the dog, and reward her with plenty of praise and treats when she shows appropriate behavior.

Step 5:

Give an immediate and sharp 'No!' if the dog is unfriendly toward the kitten, but avoid shouting if the dog behaves inappropriately.

Step 6:

Realize that an adult cat may perceive the dog as a threat to his status and may protest by marking his territory. This is normal behavior for a cat under stress.

Step 7:

Avoid allowing a puppy or dog to roam the house freely during the first few weeks of her introduction to an adult cat.

Step 8:

Provide a special area for the cat that's inaccessible to the dog. Be sure to place food, water and a litter box in the area.

Step 9:

Be aware that both the dog and the cat need space and special attention; bathing and grooming should take place in private.

Step 10:

Place the cat on a table and pet him for reassurance, while having the dog sit on the floor nearby.

Step 11:

Alternatively, place the puppy or dog in a cage, and let the cat approach.

Step 12:

Allow the cat to swat at the dog (within reason) when they finally meet nose to nose. This is a cat's way of establishing space boundaries.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't fret if your dog and adult cat never bond. Most adult cats don't do well with change and are independent and solitary by nature. Trim your cat's nails prior to introductions (see related eHow 'Trim Your Cat's Nails').
  • If after two weeks there are no improvements in relations, you may have to relocate one of the pets. Contact a pet behaviorist.
  • A dog can injure or kill a cat with a single bite, so proceed with caution. Avoid leaving the two together for even a brief period without supervision.

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Comments (3)
May 10, 2008 pittbullover
wow thank you alot
May 20, 2009 Cricket7
Very informative... I have two cats that needed to (and still need to) be introduced to our new puppy. I will use this advice!
Jun 3, 2009 gryt
You're supposed to click on the link, people. Come on!
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