It is actually a big misconception that both dogs and cats can’t live together. However, if you are going to have a puppy and introduce this with a cat, this would need careful planning and patience so that it will become smooth. The introduction has to be done slowly as well and this should be done in a step-by-step process.
When you are buying a puppy and taking it home, you have to separate the puppy first from the cat through placing them in adjacent rooms and one that’s separated by a door. See to it though that you are going to give your cat with the basics like water, food, toys, perches, litter box and others. By doing this, both your puppy as well as the cat will be used in hearing and smelling each other without having to risk direct interactions during the sensitive times.
If you are going to place a blanket or towel with your puppy’s scent in the room in the room with the cat, this could help in easing the transition. You also may place a towel or blanket with the scent of your cat in the room with the puppy. Also, the use of pheromone products will help in easing the transition for the puppy and the cat.
During such time, it is important to make sure that you spend time bonding with your pet individually first. Give both of them the time to become relax and comfortable in their own areas.
Once that both of them are relaxed on the current situation, you then should switch their positions. You need to allow your puppy in occupying the room to where your cat had been and your cat occupying the room to where the puppy stayed. You must switch their rooms several times at the time of their introductory period.
Once both your cat and puppy are comfortable on their scents, introduce them face to face later on. You must however consider placing a barrier first in between them. It is important to put the cat in the large open sided carrier or you can use a baby gate so that the cat can’t get under or over.
You should also reward your puppy for being calm and quiet if it is near your cat. Make sure to avoid letting your puppy harass or letting it chase the cat. A bad behavior should not be allowed, but never punish if there are lapses which occur accidentally because this may create unwanted response between your pets.
In a lot of cases, your puppy as well as the cat will be able to accept each other and they could also become friends in time. Remember always that each situation is different and it is crucial to assess their reactions first prior to allowing the two of them to remain together.