28 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Can Dogs and Cats Co-Exist?

Dogs and cats respond to each other differently than one we might expect, but we can help these two animals get along with the right steps in place. Follow Me on Pinterest

Dogs and cats respond to each other differently than one we might expect, but we can help these two animals get along with the right steps in place.

“Meow! I don’t like you!”

If you have a new puppy or are introducing a small dog into your household then you might be asking can dogs and cats co-exist? The answer of course is yes, but there are a few behaviors of each animal to help you understand a peaceful environment for both. Here’s some tips to help create a great situation for your new fur family.

 

 

Can Dogs and Cats Co-Exist?

Hi Cesar:

I just adopted a two-and-a-half-month-old Blue Nose pit bull. She is pure-bred and very gentle but still a puppy. My challenge is I have two one-year-old cats, and they have been hiding since the dog came into our household.

 

The dog lunges at them to play, and it freaks them out. I think the dog just wants to play with them. What should I do to get them to all live together peacefully?

Cathi Lane

Cesar’s Answer;

Dear Cathi:

Generally, the reason dogs–or any animal–will hide is because they sense the energy from a newcomer is not stable enough. A complicating factor is that because the reaction of the cats is to run away from the dog, it makes sense for the dog to go into predator mode. Dogs are natural predators, so you can count on your puppy to keep tapping into his preys’ weakness. Although, a puppy’s desire is to play only, if you don’t start correcting him right now, this playful behavior can turn into hunting behavior, or worse, dominant, territorial, or even aggressive behavior.

 

The cats don’t see your dog as a “scary pit bull”; they see him as the unstable energy he projects, so you have to make sure to empower the cats by lowering the energy of the dog. That means that whenever the puppy is around the cats, he is in a low-level energy state. That means the puppy has to be vigorously exercised before he comes and meets and greets the cats. That way, the cats will begin to sense a softer energy coming from the puppy. Read more about Dogs and Cats in Dogs and cats under one roof here.

It’s great to know that you can have multiple animals under one roof. When asking can dogs and cats co-exist it is a positive answer that will hopefully provide some relief whether you are planning to adopt a new dog or already have. Use these strategies to create a harmonious environment.

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