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Communication: Bringing the cat and the dog together


Are cats and dogs naturally enemies? No! The only thing missing is the right communication. Dog and cat language contradict each other in some places, which means that the animals do not understand each other well if they are not familiar with the "foreign language". Here is some information and tips for bringing your cat and dog together. Bringing cats and dogs together is often a problem of communication - Image: Shutterstock / Nikoner

It is simply unfortunate: when the dog wags its tail happily, this translates to restlessness, irritation and a potential threat in cat language. If the cat purrs gently, the dog hears a warning growl - such and similar problems in communication lead to the well-known "enmity" between cat and dog.

Two worlds of communication

Only when dogs and cats grow up together at a young age can they immediately understand each other's language - in later years, when the animals meet as adults, this can become a long and problematic process of understanding. The little Bengal kittens in the video learn the dog language from the start, for example, and love their four-legged "teacher", the Labrador Tucker:

Dog and cat: Similar personalities get on better

Not every dog ​​and every cat go well together. If you want to add another pet, you should therefore plan carefully in advance and look for an animal roommate who has a temperament and temperament similar to that of your older animal. A calm dog is best suited to a cozy cat breed like Maine Coon, Ragdoll or British Shorthair (BKH). An active whirlwind, on the other hand, has more fun with lively cat breeds such as the Bengal cat, the Siamese cat, Cornish Rex or Abyssinian cat. In addition, sympathy is usually greater when the animals are around the same age. If the dog and cat are both neutered, this can also contribute to peaceful coexistence.

Certain dog breeds are said to get along better with cats than others. For example, herding dogs are generally more cat-friendly than hunting dogs. However, you can also search for a cat-friendly dog ​​or a dog-friendly cat in the shelter. If the animals are already familiar with representatives of the other species and their communication, have not had any bad experiences with them, bringing the cat and dog together is easier.

Dog and cat are friends for life

Dog and cat get used to each other with patience and caution

If you want to bring cat and dog together, you should be very careful. The animals must have the opportunity to sniff safely and stress-free and to get to know each other slowly - before they actually meet. Don't just put the new arrival in front of your older pet's nose, but prepare the encounter carefully. Important: Cats always need hiding places and a retreat to which dogs have no access, otherwise they get scared, are insecure and are constantly under stress. Ideal is an exclusive cat room, where the room tigers can have their rest, as well as a large scratching post and one or two sleeping places on the windowsill or the bookshelf.

Dogs usually make friends with cats faster than the other way around, as they are used to a fairly clear pack structure and, based on their history, are more human-oriented than velvet paws. This means that if they notice that their owner or owner treats the meowing fur ball with love, they will soon accept that the stranger belongs to the family and they will embrace it in their dog hearts. Cats, on the other hand, are inherently more reserved because they are not only predators but also prey and need to protect themselves from dangers. They like to watch the action from a safe distance, for example from an elevated place.

When bringing the cat and dog together, you should therefore first keep the animals separate so that the newcomer can get used to their new home in peace and quiet. Then introduce the two to each other, but in such a way that they cannot touch yet. The animals see and smell through a baby safety gate, but still remain in their safe area, so that you can learn the communication of the other roommate without stress. When the dog and cat finally meet, the four-legged friend should be on a leash and the velvet paw should be able to move freely and escape if necessary. In the next video you can see even more tips:

Bringing the cat and the dog together: additional tips

When bringing the cat and dog together, there are a few things you can do to help them:

● Before the first meeting, you should feed both animals well.
● With a dog barking CD, slowly get the cat used to the new, initially threatening bell noises.
● Separate the two feeding places from each other so that each animal can eat stress-free.
● Keep an eye on yourself when the velvet paw and the mustache are together until you can be sure that the two are getting along.
● Ensure a calm and pleasant atmosphere at home and be patient when bringing the cat and dog together.
● Make sure that you treat both animals equally and do not prefer either.