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Q. I will have my daughters cat and dog for 3/4 months. How can I have them get along with my 4 yr old cat. We just put our German shepard down

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. I would start with pheromone diffusers a day or two before you bring them in and also make sure your cat has access to quiet and safe places to hide, ideally keep the new cat in a separate room when not supervised initially so they acclimatize to each other and do not get the opportunity to bully one another for food/litter boxes etc. Feed new dog and cat in a separate area and preferably do not move any of your current cats important resources unless absolutely necessary


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