Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?

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There comes a time in (almost) every animal-loving household when a cat meets dog. Or is it dog meets cat? Cats and dogs are so often portrayed as mortal enemies, but they will even be the simplest of friends in reality!


A few factors will enter whether your household is one among harmony or frenzied chasing, hissing, scratching, and maybe a bloody nose or two.


I grew up with cats and dogs. We had a kitten that might "nurse" on our poodle (not really!) and afterwards a Sheltie named Bonny who got alongside all cats so well we even named a kitten Clyde.


Currently, we have a young Shetland sheepdog who will mercilessly chase and torment the cats if left to her own devices. So, I even have learned that each one animal and every one household are different.


Be The Cat

Here may be a peek into the psyche of a cat being introduced to a dog: "Oh, bother. what's that thing? it's looking straight at me. Why is it so bent me? Is it getting to attack me? This cannot be good! Maybe if I ignore it, it'll get away ."


The Dogs Perspective

The dog, of course, comes from an entirely different world! He's thinking, "Oh boy, oh boy, a friend! Yipee, lets play chase together! Let me smell you! you'll smell me! Betcha can't catch me! a lover , a friend!"


So, how well cats and dogs can get along features a lot to try to with how well the dog can contain himself. If he's tired of the cat, probably nothing more will come of it. If he must chase, and doesn't learn his lesson when he gets cuffed on the nose, you'll be wanting to intervene.


The last item you would like is for either pet to become depressed or feel they've lost your affections. If your cat can't come to you for pets and snuggles because that dog is usually blocking the way, she will become stressed quickly. An equivalent is real if she not has run of the house if she can't get to her litter box, food, or favourite sleeping spot.


This could show up within cat aggression, litter box issues, or several other common cat behaviour problems. So what to do? Some training is so as . you cannot train a cat to let a dog sniff her, paw her or bark at her. But you'll prepare a dog to be more polite.


For puppies and young, energetic dogs, this might mean keeping them separated for a short time. After all, your pup is learning the ropes when it involves many things. And a bit like very young human children, he doesn't possess self-control yet.


He does have a strong desire to please you, though. So use it to your advantage and praise him whenever he can let the catwalk by without trying to pounce on her.


Also, never allow chasing. The dog should be firmly reminded that this is often undesirable. He may have to be separated for a touch.


Older cats and dogs are often slowly introduced and typically coexist without much fuss. Some cats are quiet easy-going. And a few dogs don't care about cats. If this is often the case, you're all set! Otherwise, a gentle introduction and the assurance that every pet features a safe place will help. Who knows, maybe they will be the best buds in the future!

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