Can Cats And Dogs Get Along Peacefully In One Home?

  • 03/03/2019
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It’s common for pet owners to ask if cats and dogs can get along peacefully in one home. The main reason why this question keeps popping up is that the answer really depends on the personalities of these pets.

In the recent study of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, the results show that cats and dogs can actually get along well. But since there are other factors to consider before this can be true in your own household, it’s best to know what you should keep in mind before cohabiting these two lovely creatures.

If you want to cohabit both pets without having too much hassle, then start getting them accustomed to each other while they are young.  Having them grow together would give them a lot of time to get used to each other’s body language or behaviour.

When getting a new pet, it’s important that you know its background, especially its encounters with other pets. If you’re getting a cat that was previously attacked by a dog, then expect that it may take a while for it to warm up towards another dog.

If it’s a dog that will be an addition to your home, it’s best to have a cat-friendly dog breed like a Basset Hound or a Golden Retriever even though they might be out of your budget.

Dog breeds that are known to be social, gentle, and affectionate usually do not have any troubles with welcoming a cat or kitten in their space. The size of a dog breed shouldn’t really matter as there are large breeds out there that are gentler than some smaller breeds.

Before letting a cat and dog cohabit, make sure that each has its own space in your house. This doesn’t really mean that you should have a spacious place.

As simple as getting them their own crates and food bowls would do good. Mingling with each other can be tiring and so it will be best if they can still spend some time away from each other.

It’s important that you’ll be in a lookout for any chance of these two fighting. If you feel like such a situation may arise, avoid leaving them alone or putting them in the same room without supervision.

Lastly, what you really need to know is that some cats and dogs just can’t make it right with each other. There are still instances that even if you do everything you could to successfully bring permanent peace between the two, all those tricks may not work.

Your role as a pet parent is to ensure that the two of them grow healthy and active. We hope your takeaways would help to ensure such things for your fur babies!

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