Example consult questions and responses
Example Quick Question & Response
Hi Dr Jo,
My cat is not getting along with my new puppy. How can I help my cat settle down and be best friends with the pup.
Cats can take a little while to settle down with new animals in the family , especially if they haven't had any previous experience with animals of this type. Socialisation is really important when animals are young. You can download a socialisation chart on this page for your new puppy.
Try making all introductions as positive as possible. Keep your cat and dog separate unless you are there to supervise. Give your cat lots of high space - shelves, window sills, bookcases - to get away from the pup. Keep your pup on a lead and reward them for calm behaviour when your cat is in the room. You can gradually bring them closer together, as long as they are both calm.
Receiving rewards eg. their favourite food, when the other animal is in the room should ensure that the two animals view one another favourably.
Make sure that you play with your new pup and give them lots of appropriate exercise and stimulation, so that they do not think they get this from your cat. Your cat may resort to hiding from your dog, running away or using their weapons if they feel unsafe. Your role is to keep all animals in your care feel as safe as possible.
Also do some training with your new puppy. This will make your dog easier to handle. And use these tips for keeping your cat happy at home.
Enjoy your cat and dog :)