Bringing a new kitten into a household where either a dog or cat already lives can be a difficult challenge. Everything must be done with patience, perseverance and always under supervision. One should never try to force the new on the old or vice versa. If you already own a dog and a cat, then your dog knows what a cat is. If not, you need to be sure your dog will not prove a real menace to the kitten. In other words, consider temperament. Cat to kitten introductions are easier.
Once the new kitten arrives home, it should be made to feel safe in its own room – I like to call this ‘the sanctuary’. No other cat or dog should be allowed into this room. The kitten will need bedding, food, water, a view out of a window and, if necessary, somewhere to hide. Keep the kitten in the room for the first few days, then, gradually, using a series of wooden chocks, open the door slightly to allow paws and noses to meet. It can then be opened further to allow the kitten in and out, but not the older cat or dog in. In time, all will settle.
A good idea in dog and cat families is also a two-metre tall scratching post, where a cat can retreat if it needs to.