Although we, as animal lovers, love and take care of many animals, I think our favorites are cats and dogs. Although both creatures have completely different characteristics and creations, they compete head to head in cuteness. That’s why pet owners may want to give their love and friendship to these two cute species.
But how friendly can these two species, which are often touted as rivals, be among themselves? What should be done and what should be avoided in the process of getting a cat and a dog used to living in the same house? In this blog, we will have seen what our duties as pet owners are, and we will have a brief look at the natures of our lovely friends.
First of all, although both species are seen as ideal pets, it should be understood well that they have completely different characteristics in themselves. Therefore, these obvious differences in body languages that have communication with the outside world are known as the root cause of conflicts. For example, our cat friends wag their tail when they are restless or angry, while our canine friends, on the contrary, make this movement when they are happy. Similarly, adult cats perceive puppies’ requests to play as a threat, while adult dogs may see the playfulness of kittens as a target due to their hunting urges. Do not let the existence of such contrasts as a creation drag you into despair, it is not as difficult as it is thought to overcome these conflicts by showing effort and patience.
Things to Do in the Break In Process
First of all, the saying that our ancestors bow when the tree is old also applies to the animal kingdom. These creatures, seen as two arch-enemies, can easily get used to each other and become friends during their childhood. In this period, called socialization, cats and puppies start to get to know their environment and it is quite easy for them to accept or adopt other creatures. One of the important reasons accelerating the acclimation process is that the suspicion they feel for an alien creature brought to an adult cat or dog is not seen in the kittens of this period.
Another point to pay attention to is to eliminate the situations that may disturb our cute friends at the first encounter. A quiet and calm environment will keep them at peace and make your job easier. As a preliminary preparation, it is helpful to have the cat and dog smell each other’s belongings such as blankets and toys. If the former resident of the house is a dog, it must be rewarded compared to the cat. Motivated by treating or fondling at each encounter, the dog will soon realize that it is rewarded by a new guest and will show positive behavior towards the cat.
Otherwise, when they get angry and show aggressive attitudes, it is necessary not to panic and to keep the pets under control as much as possible without separating them. Because the more time they spend under your control, the sooner they get used to each other.
Not Possible in Some Breeds
After comparing the pets, they should not be left alone, even though they have not made negative and violent movements to each other. They must stay in separate rooms for a certain period of time, when you are not able to be in them, under conditions where they cannot have physical contact. In addition, placing food and water containers in remote places will prevent small shots.
It is a known fact that because female dogs do not have a lot of leadership impulses, they are faster and more adaptable in making friends with cats than male dogs. If you have a male dog, don’t worry, over time they decide who the leader is and become close friends. However, in some breeds, unfortunately, it does not seem possible to establish friendships with cats in terms of their nature. Rottweiler, Boxer, Jack Russel, Doberman, Bull Terrier, other Terrier varieties and hunting dogs perceive the cat’s movements as targets and hunting impulses are triggered. For this reason, it is not recommended that these breeds and cats live in the same environment.