Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs have different views on life. Can the two species live together peacefully?

By Tom Schreck | Posted: Fri Jun 1 00:00:00 PDT 2001

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"Try not to transfer your anxiety to the animals. They can easily pick it up," Wilbourn says.

There are plenty of circumstances when a new dog walks into a room and immediately becomes chums with the cat. Not something to bet on, but it does happen.

The two can reap wonderful benefits from sharing the same house without being best buddies.

The introduction of a cat can ease separation anxiety for a dog that doesn't like to be left alone. Both animals are certain to get more aerobic activity and stimulation as they bound about throughout the day. Their coordination and dexterity skills are honed. And, they won't be bored.

Maintaining a cat-dog household benefits you and, in a broader sense, your community, Johnson-Bennett says. Both animals will make better neighbors with other cats and dogs. "Cats and dogs are really good at compromise. A cat will make concessions to play with a dog, taking into consideration what dogs like to do," she says. "The dog, at the same time, learns to respect a cat's needs, such as territory. They really compromise a whole lot better than people do."

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Lisa    Ludlow, MA

8/6/2013 10:29:03 AM

We had a dog and a cat. The dog was a year old, and the cat was just a kitten when they were introduced. They became best friends, and we rarely saw one without the other. It is just a myth that cats and dogs can't get along. They will be fine, if you raise them together.

janet    bethlehem, PA

1/26/2012 4:24:53 AM

thanks for the info

Maegan    Ottawa, ON

8/8/2009 11:05:47 PM

Ive just brought my 1 year old cat into my moms house which has a 2 year old BIG dog. All she does is try to attack him and hiss. I have to keep her in her crate all day. The dog is never nasty, actually hes been so good but the cat.....i dont know what to do. I certainly dont want her locked up all day. Its been a week now, how long should i expect this to continue? I hope she gets over it soon...could someone email me if they have some answers for me? lol

janet    bethlehem, PA

7/28/2008 12:03:30 PM

good article thanks

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