Everyone’s heard it: you’re either a cat person or a dog person. But what if you’re both? Can you have both a kitten and dog? Of course!
Contrary to popular belief, many people love and want to take care of both animals. So if you’re planning on bringing a brand new kitten home to meet your dog, rest assured that many people find a way to make it work. But even still, equipping yourself as best as possible can help.
Armed with useful information, you can help ease the transition and foster a healthy relationship between your kitten and dog. So congratulations, and good luck! Keep reading to learn many helpful tips and tricks for introducing a kitten to a dog..
How To Introduce A Kitten & Dog: Have Realistic Expectations
You know it’s possible for a cat and dog to live together under the same roof. But it’s probably best to expect the two of them not to become best friends right away. Nurturing a relationship between a kitten and dog generally takes time. While your furry friend at home may be quite the social butterfly, your new kitten might be territorial or fearful, or vice versa. Past experiences and living situations can contribute to how a kitten and dog react to one another for the first time.
That’s why it’s important to have realistic expectations before you even introduce the two. Know that things may not go the way you plan right away. And also understand these things take time. So put on your patient hat, and go slow.
Have A Separate Room For Your Kitten
There’s only one thing on your mind right now: how to introduce a kitten to a dog. But before you get there, there’s one thing to consider. Prior to even introducing the two, consider preparing a separate room for your kitty. Your new pet will feel more at home nestling in a safe space that’s meant for them. Ensure the room has food, water, a litter box, and a bed. This gives your new pet the opportunity to feel comfortable without forcing them to be in close proximity to the other right away.
Put Their Scents To Work
Knowing how to introduce a kitten to a dog can be tricky business but allowing them to become familiar with each other’s scent first can work wonders. Swapping out one of their items, such as each other’s blankets, can give your new kitten and beloved dog the opportunity to get
comfortable with each other’s scent before their face-to-face meeting. You can also try introducing them through a screened door, where neither pet can get to the other but they can still sniff one another.
Prepare For The First Meeting Between Your Kitten & Dog
So you’re ready to officially introduce your kitten and dog. Letting them loose in the living area might not be the best idea. You can introduce your kitten and dog while keeping them both contained. Having your dog on a leash and your kitten in a box may be the best strategy during their first meeting. Practice certain commands (sit, stay) with your dog beforehand so everything is easier to manage during that first meeting. If you notice any aggressive behavior from either pet, you can take them into another room. Repeat this activity until they’re both able to relax in one another’s company.
Freedom: One Pet At A Time
Congrats! You’ve gotten through the first meeting. Now you can work on the next steps.. Allow your kitten to roam around freely while your dog is on a leash. Next, give your dog the chance to walk around as he pleases while the kitten is contained. This will allow both pets to observe each other’s behaviors and learn to be okay with the other one’s roaming.
At some point you may be able to shrink the gap between kitten and dog and a harmonious relationship may start to bloom! But as always, if you notice fearful or aggressive behavior give both pets their space.
Positive Reinforcement Can Work Wonders
Your dog is used to being the center of attention. The receiver of all belly rubs, kisses, and attention. Bringing in another pet can be difficult for them. While you’re teaching him what behaviors won’t be tolerated with a new kitten at home, it’s important to reward them for appropriate behavior. And nothing quite beats a yummy treat.
Carolina Prime Pet treats are the go-to choice for many dog parents because they’re delicious and made from quality, responsibly sourced ingredients. Reward your dog with Salmon Coated Sweet Potato Fries or Chicken Tenders. Or explore our wide range of dog treats to pick the perfect one for your beloved pooch. Everyone loves a good reward! Make the introduction between kitten and dog a bit easier (and rewarding) for your canine friend.