One of the biggest misconception is that cat and dogs 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. Introducing them should be slowly done and has to be in a step-by-step procedure.
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. Also make sure that you will give your cat with its needs like a water station, food, toys, litter box, and others more. 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. The use of pheromone products likewise help to ease the transition for the cat and puppy.
At this time, you have to make sure that you spend some time bonding with every pet individually. 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 must allow the puppy to occupy the room to which the cat had been and to place the cat in the room where the puppy was placed. Try switching their rooms several times during 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. Take note that bad behavior should not be allowed, but avoid punishes in case there are lapses that accidentally occurred because it could create an unwanted response between pets.
For most cases, your puppy and cat will accept each other and could become friends in time. You need to be aware that every situation is actually different and you have to assess their reactions before allowing both of them to remain together.