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As many pet lovers know, cats and dogs are notoriously famous for being thought of as arch enemies. From cartoons to movies, they are always being depicted as two animals that are always at each other's throats. This makes it easy to assume that they are not meant to get along. However, with the right pet care there is a way for these two seemingly opposite pets to be friends and live under the same roof in peace.
The key to success when building a relationship between a cat and a dog has a lot to do with the individual traits possessed by each animal. It is generally a lot easier to build this relationship early in your pet care routine. You should try introducing a young kitten to a dog that is a bit older. Kittens are easier to mold than adult cats and while most cats will not eagerly run up to a dog to make friends, with a little bit of time an adjustment, it can be done
Expect some hissing and spitting from your kitten
When you bring home a new kitten and you begin initiating contact between your feline friend and your adult dog, you must be present at all times and expect the cat to display some fear by hissing and possibly spitting. This is just the way that cats express their fear as well as make an attempt to scare off a potential enemy. In order to prevent your dog from reacting back towards this behavior, just grab your kitten when you see the hissing reaction taking place and then place her back down again to associate with the dog. It just takes time.
Use the method of “exposed isolation” to help them get to know each other
Exposed isolation means just what it says: you want to isolate the cat in one area and the dog in another, yet have them both exposed so that they can see and stiff at each other. A great way to do this is to get a baby gate and separate the two animals on either side in a room. Your cat now enough area to roam free, as well as your dog. And when they get curious they will simply come closer to the gate and sniff each other out, slowly making friends.
Do not get your hopes up
It might be disappointing for some pet lovers to hear, but you have to realize that not all cats and dogs will get along no matter how much conditioning and training you involve them in. Some dogs have an increasingly high amount of predatory drive, depending on their breed.
You have to remember that dogs are hunters and have a natural instinct to chase. Before you consider purchasing a kitten it would be wise to do some research and ask specific questions about the type of breed of dog you have. An obvious example would be trying to bring a kitten into the house where an adult pitbull is living. It doesn't take much common sense to know that this would be a mistake.
Are cats and dogs natural born enemies? Not necessarily. Here's how you can help yours become friends.