To fight like cat and dog – seems like a definition and a widespread expression used to describe two people who don’t get along. Although this is nothing but prejudice in most cases, there are those rare cases of not so great love between a dog and a kitty.
Both dogs and cats are social animals, but if they aren’t exposed to each other from an early age, they won’t know how to communicate and they won’t get along. With a few tricks and a lot of patience, you can teach them how to share a home.
The dog growls at the cat. The cat hisses at the dog. Nothing out of the ordinary, some would say. Alright, but what consequences can their animosity have? Bites and wounds! So, if there is animosity, and if conflicts appear, separate the animals immediately and show them that kind of behaviour is unacceptable.
Always keep them in separate rooms, and then gradually and patiently introduce them. When a new animal arrives at your home, keep the old one in a separate room. That way, you avoid physical contact and allow them to get used to each other’s smells and sounds first.
Let the cat have enough space to hide and climb, so she can hide if the dog bothers it or if it simply doesn’t want contact with the dog.
Do not feed them together. Even if a dog is better-behaved around cats than other dogs, it could still show signs of aggression if a cat approaches its food bowl. Therefore, separate their bowls, as well as their feeding times!
Each animal has its own personality and, in time, you will learn to recognize the moment when they are tired of each other! If they constantly have aggressive outbursts when they are in the same room, try to keep them separated at all times and never leave them unattended.
If even these tricks don’t work, seek professional help.
Remember, there’s virtually no dog and cat that can’t become friends. Just think of all those cases when dogs can’t stand neighbourhood cats, but they are protective of „theirs“.