Introducing a Cat and Dog

Introductions should be gradual over days/weeks. Rushing can overwhelm and scare the animals.

Go Slow

Swap bedding between pets so they get used to each other's smell first.

Trade Scent

Give cats high perches and dogs lower areas. Feed them in separate rooms at first.

Separate Areas  

Positively reinforce relaxed, friendly interactions between the pets during meetups.

Reward Calm Behavior

Introduce the pets one at a time for shorter supervised sessions.

One-on-One Meetings  

Try introductions when pets are distracted with toys, treats or meals.

Distracted Meetings

Ensure cats have an escape route and safe hiding spot if frightened by dogs.

Cat Safe Space

Tips for Traveling With Your Dog