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Introducing Fluffy and Fido

Is a new pet joining your household? If you have a cat and are getting a dog, or vice versa, you’ll want to be very careful when introducing your furry buddies. Here, a Hamilton County, IN vet offers advice on introducing dogs and cats.

Make The Right Match

Choosing the right pet to adopt may very well be half the battle. Fluffy and Fido can get along, but this isn’t always the case. A lot will depend on the personalities of both pets. Signs of aggression or extreme anxiety in either one may very well be a dealbreaker. Ask your vet for recommendations, and spend time with your new four-legged friend before making a final decision.

Separate The Furballs

At first, put your new pet in a quiet back room with their toys, food, and bedding. This lets your furry pals get used to one another’s scents.

Switch Things Up

Start changing your pet’s places, allowing one to roam freely while the other is confined. Continue doing this until both animals seem to be acting normally. If Fido has a crate, you can keep him crated at times while Fluffy is loose.

Leashed Introductions

After a few days, you can introduce your furry friends. Your cat may hiss a bit, but this should diminish in time. Keep Fido leashed for this meeting, and for all early interactions, until you’re certain that your pets are becoming friends. If you see any signs of aggression in your dog, such as lunging, growling, or staring, ask your vet or a professional dog trainer for advice.

Kitty Hiding Places

Make sure that Fluffy has a secure hiding place in every room. This can be a spot under a bed or behind a couch, or an enclosed kitty condo. That way, your furball always has a place to go if she feels unsafe.

Warning Signs

Keep in mind that sometimes dogs and cats just do not get along. If your pooch is lunging at your kitty, staring at her, or seems fixated on her, it may not work out. Cats can also be the instigator: if Fluffy keeps hissing at Fido or attacking him, you may need to reconsider things. Ask your vet for more advice.

Please contact us, your Hamilton County, IN animal hospital, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!

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