It is important for you to know how to introduce a kitten to a dog because not all cats or kittens are social. For example, the kittens which never been around other animals might be difficult to share some territories or places to other pets like your dogs.
But, for kittens who already being separated from their mums might be easier to get some company from dogs or even puppies. You can learn how to make the kitten closer to a dog by following these four simple steps.
Know how to introduce a kitten to a dog
Make a isolation room
The first time you bring a new kitten, you need to make some isolation room away from the dog. This is important for the kitten to start adapt with the new house alone without any disturbance from other animals, depending on the kitten’s personalities, it can takes about several days to weeks so be prepared!
When getting a kitten when you have a dog, you can try to feed them on opposite sides of closed doors for a week. The doors should be made from solid materials so the pets cannot see through it. Both the dog and kitten will start to associate each other smells, sounds, etc.
When the dog starts to bark, you should calm it by saying ‘no!’ Even without the pets are looking at each other directly, you can expose their presence slowly from the smells and sounds.
Put the dog on leash while the kitten in crate
This is important to introduce the pets without physical contact for the first time. You can bring the dog still on leash closer to the crate where the kitten is.
Command the dog to stay still and see the cats without physical contact and if ignore you then you can walk the dog out. Try this as some training for around 5 minutes several times a day.
The dog stay leashed while the kitten in loose
This is important step about how to make the kitten to like the dog, on the far side of the room, keep the dog leashed but you need to make the little cat come out of the crate.
You can toss a treat right outside the crate door and then wait for her to walk out of the crate on her own. And after 2 weeks you can happily trying loose both the dog and the kitten so they can stay together in one room!
Those are several ways about how to introduce a kitten to a dog slowly. It may takes some time but they are all worth it to be tried.