Top 3 Tips to Bring Your Pup Around Cat-Ruvin' Folk:
Start slowEase into it! If you want to create a bond between your pup and your pal, start out gradually. Bring your dog around in small doses, and really let them get to know each other. Let them acquaint themselves naturally, and don’t force it upon your dog or your friend. Forced friendships aren’t good friendships, no matter the species.
Keep your dog calmYou don’t need to keep your dog on a leash at all times, but try to keep your dog calm when meeting a cat person for the first time. Before I was comfortable around dogs, the #1 thing I disliked was being jumped on, clawed, and butt-sniffed. I know all dogs don’t do this, but if yours is a jumper, cat people will really, really appreciate this. And they’ll love your pup that much quicker!
Keep them bathed and well-groomedOne of the things I love the most about cats is that they’re really good at the self-grooming thing. My little indoor guy never needs a bath, and he’s never stinky (I change his litter on the reg, such a good catmum). Now dogs, on the other hand, they have that “dog smell.” Even if they’re bathed regularly, they all pretty much have it. And it’s not a bad thing – a happy dog is a dog that gets to play and run outside. While some dog owners just grow accustomed to it, those that aren’t around it, cat people and non, can detect it right away.
A quick hose down after a hardcore playing sesh could definitely result in some positive attention from a cat person. And a dab of doggie cologne could get him some extra cuddles. ; ) So these are just a few tips, and hopefully they’ll work out for you. Sadly, there are going to be some people out there who are just set in their cat-lovin’ ways and won’t open their hearts to your super cute pups. But more ruv for you, right?