How to get pets to stop fighting like cats and dogs

Introduce your dog and cat to one another gradually, never force a relationship.

Frankly, it can be exhausting if your cat and dog fight like crazy. From barking and scratching to constant worries, pet owners may wonder – will it ever end? Experts say yes. All it takes is some patience and little technique.

When you first bring home your new cat or dog, don't rush the introduction. Instead, give each party his own time to notice a new member of the family. Let them hang out in a room together but also continue to spend time alone with each one of them, suggested Animal Planet. 

Remember to keep your dog on a leash and also give your cat an easy out incase she gets nervous, suggested the Daily Puppy. The reason behind this is that a feline has flight instincts and if she isn't able to leave a dangerous situation, she'll scratch the dog. On the flip side, the pup is a natural born "fighter" so if he's threatened, he'll run after miss kitty. 

Supervise these hangouts until the cat and dog are cool with one another. Don't forget to give them each pet a Hartz® flea and tick treatment because parasites can be spread from one animal to next. Then you would have another problem on your hands.


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