Best Tips for Keeping Your Dog and Cat Happy and Healthy Around One Another

Having multiple pets is a great way to have a fun and fulfilling household. However, it can be challenging to have pets of different types especially if those pets are a dog and a cat. If you have a dog and a cat at home, fear not. While dogs and cats may not naturally be the easiest of friends, there are some steps you can take to make sure that your furry buddies get along okay, and that they stay safe, healthy and happy around one another. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your dog and cat in great shape under the same roof.

Introduce them Slowly and Safely

The first step to ensuring that your cat and dog live okay in the same space is the introduction. Introduce your cat and dog in a safe, slow and calm way. Make sure your dog is in a space that he cannot escape from, then allow your cat to see, smell and investigate your dog from a separate room. You can allow your cat to go into the dog’s space and investigate him, but you should allow your cat an easy escape if he or she feels threatened or overwhelmed by the dog. This can ensure that he or she doesn’t experience undue anxiety, and that if your dog gets too worked up, it’s easy to de-escalate the situation and calm him or her down.

Hang Out Together With Your Dog on the Leash

After the introduction goes okay, if you’re still uncertain how your dog will react to the cat, spend some time hanging out with the both of them in the same room — but with your dog on a leash. That way, you can control where he or she goes and what he or she can physically do, but he or she can enjoy being in the same space as the cat without a barrier.

Keep the Cat’s Food and Litter Box Somewhere Separate and Safe

Cats are territorial about their food and their litter box. Keep it somewhere where the dog can’t access to ensure your cat  feels like he or she has an escape and that he or she can be safe when eating and going to the bathroom. Consider making a space for your cat that is separated by a baby gate that a dog can’t get over. This isn’t only in your cat’s interest, but your dog’s too. You can stop your dog from eating your cat’s food, which isn’t good for him or her — or from getting into your cat’s litter box and consuming things that can hurt his or her stomach.

Having a dog and cat is a fun way to add love to your family. However, if your dog and cat don’t naturally get along, or you’re worried that there might be tension, fear not. There are some simple steps you can take to protect both animals, and make sure that they help keep your house a place that is thriving, calm, and loving. If you have a particularly challenging animal or you’re worried about how one of your animals might react to a new one being brought into the house, consult your vet during a regular visit — like when to get flea or tick treatment or for heart disease treatment with Vetmedin. If you’re looking for an additional resource that can assist you in heart disease treatment for your dog, look here for how Allivet pet pharmacy can provide more affordable pet medication. Your vet can give you tips about how to best introduce your animals plus you can get more info here for what is normal to expect when they meet a new furry friend.


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  1. I would like to have a cat and a dog… and maybe it will happen once… then I will try it the best way to bring them together…
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  2. I am still waiting to meet my first kitty!
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  3. Oh i would LUFFS to have a kitty fur-sibling butt I would have to trade in my Dad ‘cos he is allergic to kitties *sigh*
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. I cannot even fathom having multi-species in the house. The dogs and humans alone have enough to contend with, let alone the addition of another species added to the mix! {snicker} But I love the way you approach it and no doubt it makes it easy for everyone. Well done!

  5. Sandee says:

    You are very wise too Dakota. Yes you are. I’m glad that you and Cody get along so well. You’re mom is very smart too.

    I linked this post to Awww Mondays, because you’re as Aw as Cody is.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  6. Great tips
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  7. Great tips! Each situation is extremely different. Even if it’s the same species. Hugs to Dakota!

  8. We begged mom for a kitty butt she is pretty sure it would not go well. But thanks for the tips!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley
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  9. Great advice – which we probably should have followed when introducing Choppy and Schooner (instead of what we did, which was “hang out with both of them and hope it goes well” – it did, but it could have gone bad and that would have been awful).
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  10. Rachel says:

    Great tips! Our dog ignores our cats, and they don’t mind him either. So, all is well in our multi-species house!

  11. Pawsome tips. Pawsome pictures of u too

  12. great advice! Have a lovely day!

  13. Let me tell you a little story!
    When I was younger and living with my family… We had two German Shepherds. One day my parents decided they wanted to buy a cat for my grandparents as their cat just passed away. We went to a pet store, bought a beauty (seriously gorgeous – I had a pic on my IG … But posted it in 2014, ha… Sadly the cat died from lung cancer)… And then brought it back to our house (where the two dogs were)… And planned on having it stay with us until we brought it to my grand parents. MY DAD SAID: oh no worries, cats and dogs totally love each other, that whole belief that they dont is a myth. WELL SHIT DAD – you were dead wrong. The cat FLIPPED OUT when I took it out of the cage and RIPPED MY HAND OPEN! I have a scar to this day. And it flew under the oven and WOULD NOT COME OUT!!!! My dad wanted to “heat it out” (IE: turn on the oven) but the next day we took a broom and got him out and he stayed in my room until we took him to my grandparents house. But oh wait, the KICKER: I am allergic to cats. HA!
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  14. Great tips! My humom doesn’t think we’ll ever get a cat because Nymeria and I will probably just chase it around!
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  15. We are a multi-pet household and there’s always some kind of silliness going on, but for the most part everyone gets along. Rosie our cat, is the boss and as long as everyone understands this, all is OK.

  16. All pawesome tips. Mama definitely adhered to all of the above when me & Matilda started getting acquainted. I still yell at her sometimes but all Mama has to do is say “Na ah Matt!” and I stop reals quick cause I don’t want to be sent to time out 😉

    Matt (& Matilda)
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