Q: Can cats and dogs get along?
About a year ago we had a stray long-haired Siamese adopt us. We knew nothing of her background and in March we adopted a dog (since I am more of a dog person anyway) and have had him for 6 mos. now. Our cat from the very beginning absolutely hated him. To this day she still hisses and swats at him whenever he is within a 5 foot radius of her. He has never hurt her and whimpers when he passes her, as if he is trying to be friends, to no avail. Will she ever stop being mean to him? Is there a way to help the process along?
Oct 12, 2010
Cats and dogs ( to be totally honest cats and cats or dogs and dogs) can become friends if they are introduced properlyWhat should have been done was the new animal put in a seperate room. Feed both animals right by the door so they could smell each other. You could even after a few days swap toys, blankets ect. Pay as much attention as possible to the pet you already have. After a week or two then you can begin introducing them by bringing the new pet out on a leash or placing them in a crate where they can see, hear and smell each other but both are safe and you can supervise. After doing this for a week or so you can let your new pet out under close supervision. If there is fighting, ore one seems stressed or tired it's time to quit for the moment. Some animals adjust after a few days, most of the time it takes about a month sometimes longer. If there is someone at your local shelter who can help you that might be a good place to start. Remember the cat was there first and sees the dog not only as an intrusion but a threat. At the shelter many times people return animals after a day or two and not properly introducing the animals wondering why after 5 minutes they don't act like lifelong friends. For the cat it is like bringing a new baby home and for the new pet it is a very stressful time with lots of changes and fear. I am guessing with alot of work and patience you can still help them adapt. Good luck and keep me posted.
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Oct 18, 2010
Ive always had cats and dogs. I currently have 4 cats and two dogs. All different ages. You just have to let them do what they do. As long as your dog isnt chasing your cat and trying to hurt it, then id say just leave em. I have one cat who you can tell doesnt like the dogs but he will come into the rooms with them. When we first got our one dog he wouldnt be in the same room as her. It took our cat about a year to be good with our first dog. If our puppy chases him then he runs off, no biggie. But i have another cat who is best friends with my puppy. They play everyday and even sleep next to each other. You just have to give your animals time. And maybe your cat wont ever like your dog, as long as theyre not harming one another id say let it be. We did have one puppy who would chase our cats and try to bite them, we ended up getting rid of that one because he was a danger to our other animals.
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