So ya have a dog, but your kiddo is beggin’ for a new kitten and you don’t know how to handle that. My Lady and I have some tips for ya that might help. These tips for bipetual families to keep the peace with cats and dogs may not be the solution in every case, but they can go a long way toward helpin’ everyone adjust. While traditionally enemies, dogs and cats can become the best of friends when they are taught to care about each other and play nice with each other.
Tips For Bipetual Families To Keep The Peace With Cats & Dogs
Adopt when both are babies.
One easy way to ensure your cats and dogs will get along well is to get them both as babies. This will help them to grow up together and thus get along better. If they are taught from the beginning to behave as siblings, they won’t carry those tendencies to fight the other animal they might learn from others of their breed.
Give them equal attention.
Make sure you spend equal time with both pets to love and play with them. Showing them both they are important is key to making sure no jealousy occurs. Both your dogs and your cats should have equal space in your lap, bed or home. If one pet is allowed to sleep in your bed, then both should be allowed. Yes, it may be tough with bigger breeds of dogs, but it is just like human children. Don’t play favorites and you won’t have as many fights to break up.
Play with them together.
Make sure you are spending time with them playing together with you. Get them both involved in playtime. Don’t leave either pet out. Include toys both like to play with, as well as items one pet may prefer over the other. As they both play near each other, they will understand they aren’t a threat to each other.
Give them separate space.
But pet beds in different areas of the house so they can each feel they have their own territory. Cats usually prefer not only quiet and dark places, they love perches up high. Building a cat tree, or shelving you cats can play on above their canine brother or sister can help with their confidence. Give your dog his or her own crate with a bed and some of their toys near it. Just keep their beds and items separate so they don’t feel they have to share everything.
Feed cats away from dogs.
Dogs will have a tendency to chow down on any food put in front of them. While we aren’t advocates of cats having free range to climb on counters or tables, you may want to set up a special area or table that your cat can be fed above and away from your dog. This will give your cat time to eat their food without worrying the dog is going to get into it and take it away.
It is easy to keep the peace with cats and dogs when you have patience and take your time. Learn their personalities and work with what will help each of them feel safe, secure and loved.