While we get much of our experience of the world through sight, cats rely a lot more on scent. This means that the scent of a home is a really important part of how they identify places they feel secure. Imagine what happens to that scent when a new puppy lands suddenly on the scene!
Changing one thing at a time is the easiest way to help your cat adjust. The slower your introduction between your cat or cats and your new puppy the better.
‘Scent swapping’ can be a really good way to do this, and it can help your new puppy settle in too! It involves slowly mixing the scent of your new puppy into the ‘normal’ scent of house, and can start even before you bring your puppy home! When you visit your puppy, take a soft cloth and wipe it over them while you stroke them. You can then take this scented cloth and rub it at cat height around the house. Places like door frames and the corners of furniture are good spots – these are places your cat will like to mark with their own scents too.
Scent swapping can continue when your puppy gets home, by leaving dog scented cloths/bedding in areas your puppy cannot access but your cat can, and stroking one pet and then the other. To help your puppy recognise your cat's scent too you can also do all this in reverse!
Pheromone diffusers, for both species, can also help keep moods as calm and relaxed as possible. Have a look at the range of pheromone products from our friends in store.