Supervision is key during the introduction process. Keep your dog on a leash and monitor their reactions to the cat.
Begin with a period of separation, allowing both pets to get used to each other's scent and presence from a distance.
Gradually introduce your dog and cat in controlled settings. Use baby gates to create physical separation while they interact.
Use positive reinforcement to reward both pets for calm and friendly interactions. Treats and praise go a long way.
Increase the time they spend together gradually, monitoring their behavior and ensuring it remains positive.
Provide safe spaces for your cat to retreat to if they need a break from the dog. Cat trees and high shelves work well.
Patience is key. The introduction process can take time. Be patient and allow your pets to adjust to each other at their own pace.