Before the meeting, create separate safe spaces for your pets to ensure a smooth introduction. Familiarize them with each other's scents through bedding or toys.
Keep the initial interactions short and supervised. Observe their body language and intervene if signs of stress or aggression appear. Gradually increase their time together.
Use positive reinforcement such as treats and praise for calm and friendly behavior. Reward them for being near each other without signs of fear or aggression.
Gradually expose them to each other's presence. Start with scent swapping, then visual exposure through a baby gate, and finally controlled face-to-face meetings.
Building a positive relationship takes time. Be patient, and let them set the pace for their interactions. Rushing can cause stress and setbacks.
If you face challenges, consult a professional animal behaviorist or trainer experienced in cat-dog introductions for personalized guidance.
Provide separate safe spaces, each equipped with food, water, litter, and bedding. Allow them to retreat to their individual areas when needed.