Cats and dogs living together is much easier if they are brought into the house together.
When you introduce a dog or puppy to your Persian cat or vice versa you are right to be tense about the situation.
The best thing to do is to adopt them while they are both young, as they will grow together and will behave like siblings.
That being said, if you are indeed planning cats and dogs living together you must keep certain things in mind.
The trick is to get an adult dog if you already have an adult Persian in your house or get a Persian kitten if you already have an adult dog.
The puppy’s teething phase will be dangerous for the cat as the Persian will be a chew toy for the puppy and the kitten will not run away from the dog and trigger the dog to chase after it.
Preparing the home
You must make sure that the cat has enough escape routes and make the cat acquainted with these. If you are bringing in a Persian Kitten home, spray some synthetic cat pheromones available in the market around the house.
This will help your dog get acquainted with the presence of a cat.
Cats and Dogs Living Together
Don’t forget the famous line from Ghostbusters,
“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”
But seriously, the successful introduction between a cat and a dog living together is a slow and less aggressive method.
Help them get acquainted with each other’s smell by rubbing a piece of cloth on one pet’s body and keeping it in the sleeping area of the other.
If they show no aggressive behavior after some time it is advisable for a face to face introduction. During the first face to face introduction, keep the dog on a leash, as restraining the cat will make it feel unsafe.
Some older Persians will hiss and snarl to maintain dominance, which is a good sign, much better than running away which may trigger the dog’s chase response. If your cat indeed takes flight and your dog tries to chase after him, restrain your dog with the leash.
Continue this process on a gradual basis until your cats and dogs are living together.
Many dogs and Persian Cats coexist peacefully but it will keep everyone safe if you take proper precautions.
If you have more than 1 dog, think twice before introducing a new Persian Kitten as dogs chase after cats more when in a pack.