If your dog or puppy is in a crate you can give them a distracting toy and then bring your cat into the room. Never force any interactions but just give your cat a lot of attention and positive experiences such as grooming, playing, and treats while they are in the same room as your dog/puppy.
How long does it take for a cat to accept a new puppy?
While there are some parings that work out in days, in some rare cases, it never works out. Liz Palika noted that, in her experience, the “get acquainted” process usually takes two to three weeks. Dr. Landsberg noted that sometimes it’s not easy to tell by their interactions if a dog and cat are getting along or not.
Will my cat hurt my new puppy?
A cat can hurt a puppy with it’s very sharp claws and teeth. I would recommend supervision in the beginning, just so your puppy doesn’t get it’s eye torn. Cats don’t always appreciate rambunctious puppies. You also need to make sure the puppy doesn’t accidentally hurt your cat, if it’s a larger size puppy.
Will my cat ever get used to my new puppy?
In most cases, with time, your new puppy and your cat will come to accept each other and may even become friends. However, each situation is different and you should assess the reactions of both animals before you allow them to remain together unsupervised.
What do I do if my cat doesn’t like my new puppy?
If either pet seems anxious or too excited, increase the distance between them or end the session. Over time, gradually increase their time together, and decrease the distance between them. Once you’re ready to allow more interaction, allow the cat to approach the dog at her own pace, and protect her safety.
Will my cat hate me if I get a puppy?
It probably won’t hate you, although it won’t be happy about the newcomer (whether dog or cat). Just make sure the new dog gets along well with cats (or is a young puppy so will easily learn to get along with cats). Introduce them slowly and be prepared for several days of upset behavior from your cat.
Do cats pick a favorite person?
Every cat is different, so the appropriate response to your cat’s meows and body language signs may include physical interaction, playtime, respecting their space, or (of course) food. Aside from being able to communicate, a cat may choose someone as their favorite simply because they provide the best lap for catnaps.
Can a cat kill a puppy?
However, it is very unlikely that a domestic cat could kill a healthy adult of a large dog breed such as a boxer, mastiff, or great dane (a small American pit bull terrier is actually only about 30 lbs, though).