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How to help your cat and dog get along with each other

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Do you need some tips to try and help your cat and dog get along when they are together? We can see your face when you think of a cat or dog in the same room, let alone living in the same space as each other. We’ve collated a few useful tips to help you if you own both a cat and dog.

How to introduce a new cat or dog into your home

If you’re introducing a new cat or dog into the same space, it’s a good idea to try and make them feel as comfortable as possible. Here are some suggestions:

Separate rooms

Start with your cat and dog in separate rooms to find out their reaction. If they are relaxed, this is a good first sign that you can start to introduce them in the same room.


Introduce your cat and dog in a place where you can observe their reaction and remove them from the situation if you start to see a negative reaction from either of the animals. The process of introducing your cat or dog cannot be rushed, it may take time for your cat or dog to become used to living in the same space.


You may have to repeat the process two or three times a day for the first few days. Repeat interaction regularly every day and monitor the behaviour of both your cat and dog.

How to help your cat and dog be best friends

Make time for both your cat and dog to show equal displays of affection. This will help them to feel the same amount of love and bring them closer together.

Create safe places

Create places for them both to have time out from each other. The first few months may be the hardest time when introducing new pets to each other. By creating dedicated rooms, you can help to reduce anxiety and stress. When creating these spaces, make sure they have their own beds and bowls.


When your cat and dog come together it may be a good idea to feed them at the same time, as mealtimes can be a form of socialisation. Start by feeding them on separate sides of a door to let them smell and become more familiar with each other.

Assess behaviour

Keep a close eye on their behaviour and never leave them alone before they have had time to get to know each other. Pay attention to your dog’s behaviour and reactions. If your dog is excessively barking or shaking, or your cat is moving their tail without stopping and keeps a low position, you may need to give them so more time to get used to each other.

Introduce your cat and dog slowly, they should never be alone in the same room without you being present. Take note of their behaviour and reactions, as this will help you understand any next steps.

Keep calm

Stay calm during introductions, as your reaction and energy will help to provide a positive effect on your cat and dog each time they meet. If you are confident, your cat and dog will pick up on the energy in the room and allow for a positive experience.

Seek professional support

If you need additional help with your pets, always consult a professional trainer or speak to your vet.

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By Melissa Pickburn

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