My dog Bart and I have been close buddies for years, but now my uncle has asked me to care for his cat. Bart is very set in his ways. Do you think he can learn to tolerate a new housemate?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
There are countless examples of dogs and cats living together in perfect harmony. Certain breeds, however, tend to be less tolerant of felines than others. Hounds and hunting dogs, for example, often have a hard time making peace with kitties. But even these dogs can learn to tolerate, and even treasure, a kitty friend. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash when you first bring home the cat. Supervise all dog and cat get-togethers during this transitional period. Owners with two or more dogs need to be especially vigilant, making the introduction one supervised dog at a time. Be sure to feed your dog and cat in separate areas and at separate times -- at least initially. Also, keep in mind that scared felines can hurt well-meaning, inquisitive dogs. Both animals need to feel safe and secure around each other to avoid dangerous swipes and bites, or worse.