Q. I am about to introduce a 12 month old dog to my home, where I have a 12 year old male cat. What are the best socialization methods for them?
AMANDA MILLER COOK
A. Introductions should be made very slowly. The dog and cat should be fed at separate times in different locations. There should be baby gates up so the cat has an area of its own to escape to and in the common areas there should also be a cat tree and other areas for kitty to climb to watch the dog from a safe distance.
Also, you can take a soft cloth and rub across your cat's chin and paws, which will release scent glands. Let the dog smell and get used to the cat's scent and reward the dog with treats when doing so calmly. Do the same with the cat.
Eventually, allow them within reasonable distance using leashes and treats gradually over the course of several days or weeks.