Truth About Cats And Dogs
Many people believe
that it is impossible for cats and dogs to live together peacefully.
Perhaps this belief is brought on by images seen in cartoons or by one
or two negative experiences between cats and dogs. But, in reality, it
is quite possible for the two species to live together peacefully
– and even to live together as friends.
Genetically, there are reasons for cats and dogs to dislike each other.
By nature, dogs are predators that tend to chase things that move
quickly and that are smaller than them. Of course, cats fit this
description, making them the perfect play toy for dogs wanting to
utilize their predatory skills.
Cats, who are also predatory, can also exhibit stalking behaviors
toward dogs; despite the fact the dog is usually much bigger. In
addition, cats will defend themselves, so thus begins the rivalry.
Of course genetics and instinct alone isn't the only reason why dogs
and cats sometimes don't get along. During the first 2 to 3 months of
an animal's life, it learns who its friends and its enemies are.
Therefore, a puppy raised with cats will most likely tend to get along
better with the cats. Similarly, a kitten raised with dogs will not
think much of the dogs. In fact, it is often easier to raise a new
kitten in a household with dogs than the other way around because cats
tend to be more territorial than dogs. A highly predatory dog, however,
will make it more difficult to introduce a new kitten to the
Training Pets to Live in Peace and Harmony
Teaching cats and dogs that don't get along with each other to live
together can be a somewhat difficult task, but it is possible. The best
way to accomplish this is to allow the animals to spend time together
while a human chaperone is present. The more time animals spend with
one another, the more tolerant they become of the other. In fact, this
can often lead to a very affectionate relationship. Puppies and kittens
that are raised together have the best chance of developing a positive
If a dog has been particularly cruel to cats in the past, however, it
is probably not a good idea to try to get the two species to co-exist.
Even if the dog doesn't manage to get the cat, it will most likely make
the cat's life difficult by continually chasing after it. Similarly, a
puppy might need to be protected from a particularly territorial or
Dogs can also be trained to leave cats alone, just as they can be
trained to fetch, sit or stand still. For a pet owner who has the time
and patience, the dog can be leashed with a training collar. Another
person can bring the cat increasingly closer to the dog. If the dog
sits still it, should be praised. If it attempts to lunge after the
cat, the leash should be pulled and the dog should be told “No.
Leave it!” Some dogs learn quickly while others take a little
Another approach for training the dog can also be utilized. This
approach uses positive association. Each time the dog is in the same
room as the cat, it is provided with extra attention and treats. Soon,
the dog realizes having the cat in the room is a good thing because it
gets something good out of it. In this way, it positively associates
the cat with things that it desires – affection and tasty treats!
Even cats and dogs that get along might start fighting during mealtime.
Most animals are very protective of their food. In addition, they tend
to be quite curious about the food the other animal is enjoying. For
this reason, it is best to have separate feeding stations for cats and
It is best to place the cat's food in a high, hard to reach area.
Otherwise, the dog will have a tendency to eat the cat's food, or to at
least try to eat it. Of course, the food should still be placed in an
area the cat can easily reach and eat comfortably. Cats don't generally
try to eat dog food. But, in the case of a cat that does, this behavior
should be discouraged. The best way to do this is to feed the two
animals at the same time, but in different places.
It is also important to remember that cat and dog food each have
different nutrients, so one should not be used in place of the other.
Therefore, it is not only necessary to keep the food separate in order
for the pets to live in harmony; it is also necessary to keep them
Cat Article courtesy of I-Love-Cats.com
Please note: The
information provided here is meant to supplement that provided by your
Nothing can replace a complete history and physical examination
performed by your veterinarian.