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Cat meets dog.

Introducing Your Cat to a New Dog

 

It's important that you make a plan before introducing your cat to your new dog. Following the steps below will help. Cat meeting puppy

 

Cute csat cartoon

1. Let your cat see your dog.
Let your cat see your dog, but don't force them to be together. Your cat can be up high on a counter or shelf where he likes to be. Or you can let your cat look at your dog from behind a sliding glass door. Don't hold your cat because you might get scratched if he is scared.

 

Cartoon Cat

2. Choose a 'safe area' for your pets to meet.
After your cat seems comfortable just looking at the dog, introduce them, but only in a 'safe area.' This is a place where the cat can get away quickly without hurting himself. A 'safe area' would not be outside because your cat could get scared and run into the street.
 

 

Cartoon Cat
3. Allow the dog into the 'safe area' room.
You might want to have a leash on your dog for control. Allow your cat to move around the room, climb up high, or even leave the room if he is frightened. Let your cat just watch your dog from his safe place up high.

 

 

Cute cartoon cat

4. Give your cat and dog lots of time to get to know each other. 
It may take a long time before they're best friends. It's possible that they will learn to live together, and still never be best friends.

 

Cute cartoon cat
5. Always provide places for your cat to escape and have some privacy.
Closets and rooms that your dog can't get into can provide a 'safe area' for your cat. For example you might have your parent put a four inch hook on a door. Then the door can be left open 4 inches, the cat can go in, but the dog can't fit in the opening.

 

 

 Tip:

Your cat may not want to eat when your dog is around. Try placing your cat's food and water dishes on a counter.

Also, dogs will eat the cat poop in the litter box, so you'll have to put the litter box in a place where it is easy and safe for the cat to use, but the dog can't get to it.
Cat meeting adult dog.

 

Collie Dog and a cat Siamese Think carefully about your plan before you bring your new dog home. If you are prepared, your dog and cat will have a very happy introduction!

 

 

Here are some cute books about cats and dogs:

Danger Cat
Danger, the Dog Yard Cat, by Shelley Gill
From an Amazon.com young reader: Danger is a cat that got adopted at a dog pound. The lady who adopted him ran a Iditarod. Danger didn't like the dogs very much, but he had a buddie called Mud Shark. When the leader of the Iditarod got hurt, there was not another dog that could take his place, so Danger had to be the leader that time. The iditarod race ended up as a dream. I like this book because it is funny. Ages 9-12
I am Dog I am Cat
I Am the Dog I Am the Cat, by Donald Hall and Barry Moser
From and Amazon.com reader: I thought this book was the best when I was a kid, and I still love it! It is one of the cutest books I have ever read! I am now in the 8th grade, and I used this book for a speech competition with my friend. We got a superior (not to brag or anything). Ages 4-8

A Cat and a Dog, by Claire Mazurel and Bob Kolar
Claire Masurel's simple text and Bob Kolar's bright, bold illustrations combine in this charming picture book for the very young, a humorous look at the age-old battle of cats and dogs that demonstrates how a simple act of kindness can turn an enemy into a friend. Ages Baby to Preschool

 

Here are a couple of dog and cat craft books
that your parents can help you with:

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The Cat and Dog-Lover's Idea Book, by Gail Green, Krause Publications; (August 2001)
With Gail Green’s newest book, cat and dog lovers will learn to create toys, collars, treats and wearables for their pets and unique items such as hats and jewelry for themselves! Easy to follow instructions cover a multitude of crafting techniques such as rubber stamping, counted cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, fabric appliqué, decorative painting, decoupage and basic sewing. The many patterns, templates and drawings included help crafters create dozens of lovely projects with ease. Most projects can be customized to fit a specific pet.

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Pet Crafts: 28 Great Toys, Gifts, and Accessories for Your Favorite Dog or Cat, by Heidi Boyd, North Light Books; (January 2004)
This book offers fun projects for the whole family to celebrate and pamper their beloved family pets. Sure to delight both discerning canines and finicky felines, Pet Crafts features over 25 fun projects including toys, beds, costumes, picture frames and more!
All projects use simple items easily found in crafts stores and are fun to make.

 

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