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Cats and Dogs co-habitation?


Many people think that dogs and cats cannot live together, like the proverbial phrase “fighting like cats and dogs”, and there is obviously some truth to the statement. It is true that some cats and dogs will not make good housemates. They are two different animals with two different distinctive personalities that will not necessarily blend.{{more}}

However, under the right conditions, your cat and dog may be able to live in perfect harmony.

Many cats can happily coexist with a dog if given the time to comfortably acquaint themselves with one another. If a puppy and kitten are raised together, they will generally learn the right way to tolerate each other or even become buddies – sharing naps and playtime. I know of cases where cats have fun nursing from female dogs. However, if the situation arises where the dog is already an established member of the home and a new cat is brought into the picture, certain precautions need to be taken:

  •  When first introducing the cat and the dog, ensure that the cat is at eye level with the dog. Keep a firm grip on both animals in order to give them a sense of security and comfort.
  •  Let your cat and dog sniff each other to their heart’s content. This interaction helps to foster the bonding process.
  •  At any sign of aggression from either animal, promptly remove the cat and repeat the procedure at a later time. Do NOT force the process.
  • This should be a gradual and careful process in order to prevent either animal from sustaining injuries. If you take a few minutes several times a day to give the cat and dog this supervised time together, you should soon see them feeling more relaxed around one another.
  • Never leave a cat and dog alone together until you are certain that they are comfortable with each other. If you walk away while they are still checking out each another, you may be sorry when you return. Even if you find no visible wounds, unsupervised interaction like that could traumatize an animal to the point that he is terrified of other animals for life, or the cat could be killed.

All cats are not necessarily opposed to all dogs. It may very well be a case that he has a particular dislike for a specific dog in the home. If, however, they seem to be incapable of getting along, you may need to reevaluate your pet situation.

For further information, contact: Dr. Collin Boyle
Unique Animal Care Co. Ltd. Tel: 456 4981