Stella - Standard Poodle
Do you have any advice to help a cat and dog get along?
Thanks! Most of the time, our puppy is in a playpen and when she’s out, she is on a leash. The cat always jumps on a counter and watches from afar. She has lots of places to hide tooHigh places and escape routes for the cat, as Raindrops suggests, and lots of supervision for the puppy. Supervise interactions and distract and redirect chasing or pouncing onto a toy or a game with you; if you can't supervise have the pup in a pen or on a leash. The more often she practices teasing the cat the more embedded the behaviour will become, and he more likely it is to end in tears if the cat really loses patience and uses teeth and claws to protect herself. Praise and reward both animals for calm, polite behaviour and play, and be ready to separate them for a few hours if things begin to get fractious. It takes time for them to learn about the other species' body language and play style, and if your puppy is only 12 weeks old it is still early days.
Hopefully! Sometimes, our cat will come and challenge the puppy. She’ll start biting the puppy and swatting (fairly hard) at the dog’s faceThe watching from above is excellent - it is how cats feel safe while they come to terms with things. Hiding under a bed all day, or leaving home altogether, would be more concerning. I think they just need time to grow up together - in a year or so you will probably be posting photos of them sharing a bed.