How to Train Kittens to Like Puppies

Kittens can get along with puppies.
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Young kittens, between 4 and 14 weeks old, are open to socializing with puppies more so than older cats, recommends the Gentle Touch Animal Hospital. A kitten raised with a puppy usually gets along well with him as an adult. Some kittens may even form close bonds with a pup.

Step 1

Set up a nest box for your kitten, consisting of a cardboard box containing some soft blankets wrapped around a heating pad for warmth. Do the same for your puppy. Keep each little one in separate rooms.

Step 2

Switch the bedding from the kitten to the puppy and vice-versa. The blankets will have the scents of each animal on them. This gives your furry friends time to get used to these funny new scents prior to a face-to-face meeting.

Step 3

Place the kitten within a pet playpen. Allow the puppy to interact with the kitten through the bars or mesh of the playpen. Make the experience a pleasant one by feeding each furry friend on either side of the walls of the playpen.

Wait until each pet reaches around 7 weeks of age before introducing them in a face-to-face meeting, Dogster recommends.

Step 4

Switch the position of the kitten and puppy during each of their feedings, always allowing them to see and smell each other while eating. Praise them for calm or curious behaviors.

Step 5

Engage the puppy in some play to tire him out a bit. A well-exercised pup will be calmer when he first meets the kitty.

Step 6

Introduce the kitten and puppy, carefully supervising their interactions with each other. Give them each treats, like a bit of soft kitten or puppy food, to reward them for positive play or merely tolerating each other's presence.

Keep face-to-face meetings short, around 10 to 15 minutes. Lengthen this time as each pet adjusts to the presence of the other. Continue to supervise them during their time together, until they get older, between 6 months and 1 year old.

Step 7

Socialize your kitten to different puppies if your friends have some or if you know any foster moms of little pups. This way, she'll be used to a variety of different dogs later in life. Always keep any meetings positive, with lots of praise, food rewards and careful supervision.

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