The two buddies are the perfect match for each other. You can tell that they’re having a great time wrestling. No hisses or growls here! It’s all love. They’re both so happy to have a playmate their own size!
The pup won’t even stop playing when his humans call or try to bribe him with a trip outside. Nope! This pup is just fine playing with his kitty pal. Best friends for life!
If you’re thinking of bringing home a doggo friend for your own feline, there are a few things you should consider before you adopt.
How To Introduce A New Dog To Your Resident Cat(Picture Credit: cynoclub/Getty Images)
The best thing to do is start off with a cat and dog when they’re both young. If they grow up together, they’ll have a far easier time getting along.
But maybe you’ve already got an adult kitty. How should you go about bringing a new dog home to meet them? Here are some tips:
- Consider adopting an adult or senior dog. Puppies may have too much energy for your cat.
- Pick a dog with a low prey drive. You don’t want them chasing kitty around all the time!
- Make sure your cat has a place to retreat. Some perches or kitty condos will keep them out of pup’s reach.
- Give your kitty their own space. Make sure their bed, litter, food, and water are well away from the dog.
- Get them used to each other’s scent. Rub a cloth on each pet, and place it in the other’s sleeping area or near their food bowl.
- Let them investigate each other’s hangout spots once they start to feel comfortable.
- Make the introduction through a baby gate or door. If they seem interested and sniff each other, let them meet without the baby gate, but restrain the dog just in case.
- Let them warm up to each other. These things take time!
For a more full, complete list of instructions, check out our article about making dog-cat introductions here!
Do you have a cat and a dog? Do they ever wrestle and play like the pets in the video? Let us know in the comments below!