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Posted on 12-19-2017
If you love animals, you may bring home a new pet. Introducing this new pet to your existing pets can be challenging. If you have brought home a new puppy and your cat does not get along with the puppy after a brief period of time, you may wonder what to do next. Here are a few of the things you should do if your cat and puppy don't get along.
When you bring a new puppy home, the puppy is going to be full of energy, while your existing cat may be leery. One of the worst things you can do is force your cat and dog to be in the same space. Allow your cat to run off or hide so he or she can observe the dog from a distance or slowly become more comfortable.
Another important thing to do is to separate their spaces for the time being. This means that you give each pet a defined area to eat, drink and use the bathroom. To force your cat to drink by the dog's food will not help your cat like the dog any better, especially if the dog is always jumping on them. Likewise, don't place the dog's food by your cat’s food if the cat is hissing at your dog.
The last tip is to reward good behavior. Pet, play or give treats when your cat and dog get along. Slowly but surely they should realize the other isn't the enemy and that they will have to learn to co-exist. Rewarding good behavior gives them a reward, which may entice them to act right in the future.
If your cat and puppy don't get along and you have tried everything you can think of, consider scheduling an appointment with a veterinarian in Canton to rule out any health issues and to get advice on how to proceed. When you are in this position, Acres Mill Veterinarian Clinic is here for you.
Call us today at 770-479-1905 to schedule an appointment.
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