Common Behavior Problems
Dogs and Cats Who Don't Get Along
Dogs who haven’t been raised with cats usually see them
not as friends, but as prey. Cats who are unfamiliar with dogs are
usually afraid of them. The best chance dogs and cats have of learning
to be friendly with each other is if they are raised with or socialized
to them before 4 months of age.
If your dog and cat are having trouble getting along, your dog
is probably chasing or threatening your cat. If your cat runs away,
this usually excites your dog even more. It’s rare to have
a cat who can successfully intimidate a dog, but it does happen.
When introducing cats and dogs, the first priority is to ensure
the cat’s safety. While cats may scratch dogs, they usually
don’t kill them, but dogs can, and have, killed cats.
Many problems can be prevented with proper introductions that are
done very gradually. Never put a dog and cat together and try to
let them work it out. Instead, keep your dog and cat separated except
when you are working on the steps in the introduction process.
It’s important to monitor both pets’ quality of life.
It’s not OK for your cat to be in danger, or too afraid to
come out of the basement or the bedroom for fear of being harassed
or harmed by the dog. Your dog should not be constantly on edge,
trying to find the cat.
These situations call for re-introduction programs, and providing
your cat safe house time, with your dog confined or outside in a
We also encourage your to schedule
a consultation with us. We can custom design a re-introduction
program so you and your four-legged family can all get along better.