Cartoons always depict cats and dogs as mortal enemies, but many families have cats and dogs who not only get along, but seem to be best of friends. So how does this happen? The key is to gradually and safely introduce the two. Start out by allowing the new pet to become familiar with its surroundings without the distraction of another animal. Then, it is okay to put the two pets in the same room, but be sure to have a protective barrier between them. Once both pets show calm interest without aggression, remove the barrier. Closely supervise the introduction and correct your pet at the slightest sign of a potential confrontation.
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